unions http://wrvo.org en Novelis defends itself in court against allegations of influencing union vote http://wrvo.org/post/novelis-defends-itself-court-against-allegations-influencing-union-vote <p></p><p>Novelis<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Inc. is in federal court in Syracuse to defend itself against charges by the National Labor Relations Board. The case stems from allegations by the United Steelworkers Union that the Oswego aluminum manufacturer interfered with a vote by its workers to unionize.</span></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:23:48 +0000 Gino Geruntino 59217 at http://wrvo.org Novelis defends itself in court against allegations of influencing union vote Fulton takes the next steps to try to get back to fiscal stability http://wrvo.org/post/fulton-takes-next-steps-try-get-back-fiscal-stability <p></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:13:23 +0000 Gino Geruntino 58300 at http://wrvo.org Fulton takes the next steps to try to get back to fiscal stability Syracuse police union reaches 5-year contract with city http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-police-union-reaches-5-year-contract-city <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Syracuse police officers have reached a new labor contract with the city, more than three years after the old one expired.</span></p><p>It's not uncommon for police union contracts to lapse, but this one stretched on for a while, mostly over health care costs and coverage.</p><p>The new contract is for five years, but it applies retroactively to when the old one expired at the end of 2010. The 428 Syracuse police officers will have to pay about twice as much for health insurance, but will get two percent raises for 2013, 2014 and 2015.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:56:03 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57236 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse police union reaches 5-year contract with city New teachers union president wants to increase union's political potency http://wrvo.org/post/new-teachers-union-president-wants-increase-unions-political-potency <p></p><p>There’s a big change in the New York State United Teachers union, as members elected new leadership after months of unrest. The state’s largest teachers union has a new president, Karen Magee, the first woman to run the organization.<br /><br />The shakeup comes over concerns with the state’s flawed implementation of the new Common Core learning standards. Teachers are complaining that they were not adequately prepared to teach to the new standards, and that the test results should not be used to evaluate their performance.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:11:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53917 at http://wrvo.org New teachers union president wants to increase union's political potency Novelis workers decide whether or not to unionize http://wrvo.org/post/novelis-workers-decide-whether-or-not-unionize <p><strong><em>Update</em>:&nbsp;</strong>According to published reports, the vote to unionize failed by a total of 14 votes.&nbsp;</p><p><strong><em>Earlier coverage:</em></strong></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:53:00 +0000 Gino Geruntino 51710 at http://wrvo.org Novelis workers decide whether or not to unionize Prison closures shock and dismay correction officers, lawmakers http://wrvo.org/post/prison-closures-shock-and-dismay-correction-officers-lawmakers <p>Correction officers say they are still in shock after Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s prison agency announced late on a July Friday - and with very little advance warning - their decision to close four prisons within the next year. Now, they're asking the legislature to rescind the closures.<br><br>Normally, when a governor wants to close a prison or any other state run facility, he proposes the change in his state budget plan in January. The legislature either agrees or disagrees, and a final decision to close or to keep the facility open is made in the completed state spending plan.<br> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 11:03:03 +0000 Karen DeWitt 41844 at http://wrvo.org Prison closures shock and dismay correction officers, lawmakers Oswego fire department critical of proposed city budget cuts http://wrvo.org/post/oswego-fire-department-critical-proposed-city-budget-cuts <p>There's a public hearing Monday night for the proposed Oswego city budget, which includes cuts to various programs to deal with a budget shortfall. One of the loudest voices against the cuts has been the Oswego Fire Department. If the budget is passed, the Fire Department could see their ambulance corps reduced, fewer firefighters assigned for each shift, and one fire station closed. Mon, 26 Nov 2012 21:46:55 +0000 Durrie Lawrence 29655 at http://wrvo.org Study finds rich get richer, the rest decline http://wrvo.org/post/study-finds-rich-get-richer-rest-decline <p>A union-funded think tank finds that New York has the greatest income disparity in the nation. The Fiscal Policy Institute says that trend continues, with the top one percent gaining more financial resources, while the middle class is falling behind and the numbers of the poor are growing. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 10:49:42 +0000 Karen DeWitt 29336 at http://wrvo.org