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Annie Rutsky leads nurses and their supporters in a picket line. Photo: Sarah Harris
Annie Rutsky leads nurses and their supporters in a picket line. Photo: Sarah Harris

Nurses protest EJ Noble dissolution

Nurses and their supporters protested outside EJ Noble Hospital in Gouverneur yesterday.

The financially troubled hospital is slated to close later this fall and re-emerge in a new regional healthcare partnership with Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

Leaders from both hospitals say EJ Noble has been mired in debt for years. Last fall the small hospital shut down temporarily after the state Department of Health closed its lab because of safety concerns.

Two hundred-sixteen people work at EJ Noble. The protesting nurses are skeptical about the coming change, wondering what it means for their jobs.  Go to full article
Governor Cuomo speaking with reporters in his office Thursday
Governor Cuomo speaking with reporters in his office Thursday

Public worker unions furious over late-night pension deal

The overnight session of the state legislature this week, where pension reform and other items were passed after weeks of contention, has left public worker unions, and even some lawmakers, fuming. Meanwhile Governor Cuomo says it had be done that way. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has more:  Go to full article

Cuomo says he'll push through pension changes if legislature won't agree

Governor Andrew Cuomo is threatening to force pension reform through the state legislature if it doesn't agree to his proposals as part of the state budget. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Empire State Plaza, Albany.
Empire State Plaza, Albany.

State workers' union: Cuomo "sticking it to" working people with Tier VI pension plan

Legislative leaders spoke to a large gathering of AFSCME public union members at the Capitol Tuesday.

The union is strongly opposed to Governor Cuomo's pension reform plans--during the demonstration, it ran a radio ad that said politicians are trying to "stick it" to working people instead of making Wall Street and big corporations pay their fair share.

The legislators offered support to the workers--but remained neutral on the pension plan issue. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has the details.  Go to full article

Quinipiac Poll finds voters trust Cuomo more than teachers' unions

A new poll finds that New York state voters trust Governor Andrew Cuomo to safeguard education more than they trust the teachers' unions.

Cuomo has pushed unions hard on teacher evaluations. Today is the deadline het set for unions and the state Education Department to come up with a new plan for evaluations. He has said he'll impose his own reforms if they don't.  Go to full article
Thereís an additional level of job security in exchange for the sacrifices and the contributions that the union members have made.

Cuomo Administration still wrangling with some state unions over contracts

With just six weeks left in the state's fiscal year, the Cuomo Administration has still not settled labor contracts with some significant public worker's unions. These include the state's corrections officers, and professors and other staff in the State University System. Karen DeWitt has this report.  Go to full article
Governor Andrew Cuomo delivering Tuesday's budget address in Albany.
Governor Andrew Cuomo delivering Tuesday's budget address in Albany.

Cuomo's new budget could bring sweeping changes to North Country

Governor Andrew Cuomo laid out a spending plan for New York state today that's designed to cut more than 2 billion dollars in deficits. The plan includes hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts from state programs, while also using new revenue from a higher tax bracket for wealthy New Yorkers.

Here in the North Country, Cuomo's budget would bring sweeping changes: It'll squeeze benefits enjoyed by state workers, pose big new challenges for the Olympic Regional Development Authority, and offer some new help for local governments struggling with Medicaid costs.

Brian Mann joined Nora Flaherty on the line to talk about Cuomo's speech.  Go to full article
To receive this increase out of the blue is something they hadnít planned foróso this is really a financial hardship.

Unions sue NYS over retiree insurance costs increase

Unions representing more than 100,000 New York State employees are taking the state Department of Civil Service, the state's employee health plan, and Governor Andrew Cuomo to federal court over an increase in health insurance costs for retirees. Nora Flaherty has the details.  Go to full article
Sunmount Developmental Center in Tupper Lake.
Sunmount Developmental Center in Tupper Lake.

Pink slips from Cuomo administration hit 175 North Country workers

State officials now say roughly 175 people will lose their jobs in the North Country after the Public Employee Federation last week voted down a new contract.

Hardest hit were Franklin, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties, which each saw about fifty positions cut from the state payroll.

In all, the state will lay off 3,496 workers within the next three weeks unless the union and the governor come to an agreement soon.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo had been hoping for concessions from PEF's membership as the state continues to deal with a $10 billion budget deficit.

As political wrangling continues in Albany, Chris Morris reports that the pink slips are deeply personal to many North Country workers.  Go to full article
Sooner or later when the credit card bill comes due you have to pay it. The money is due. There is no more to give.

Public pensions strain budgets

The recent battles in Wisconsin and Ohio over collective bargaining for public workers has shined a light on the pensions government workers often receive. Here in New York, the state's pension fund is solvent. But costs have been sharply rising for the local governments that pay into it, and now some are calling for changes to the system. Our story from David Chanatry with the New York Reporting Project at Utica College.  Go to full article

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