The CSEA union local that represents the largest number of Monroe County workers has declared a contract impasse, and is asking the state to appoint a mediator to help them reach an agreement.

This particular local, Unit 7400, represents about 1,700 workers, including some employees at the Probation and Sheriff’s departments and Monroe Community Hospital.

Another local leader is speaking about the latest developments in the probe of alleged wrongdoing related to the Buffalo Billion. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz stated his support for the probe but also expressed concern for the possible negative impact it may create on some of the projects.

Intel was once known for its success in branding personal computers with microprocessors, a technology that fueled the digital revolution. But the Silicon Valley veteran announced last month it would lay off 11 percent of its workforce — up to 12,000 positions — and that it's shifting away from personal computing.

Throughout the week, Here & Now is looking at the call for an increase in the minimum wage, and the impact it would have on states, the federal government and workers themselves. To kick off the series, Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Eric Morath, who covers the economy for The Wall Street Journal.

Each day this week, Here & Now  will also highlight someone who is working for minimum wage. Today, Bridget Hughes, a fast-food worker in Kansas City, Missouri, talks with Jeremy Hobson about her job.

The New York State Legislature has set aside $30 million in its new budget for communities devastated by closing power plants that result in at least a 20 percent reduction in the local property tax collections. It's intended to help offset the loss in places like Oswego County where the Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant is slated to be shutdown in January.

(AP) Valeant Pharmaceuticals (parent company of Bausch + Lomb) on Friday filed its long-overdue U.S. financial report for 2015, plus restated results for several quarters, resolving its default on some of its $30 billion in debt and averting other problems. The badly tarnished Canadian drugmaker also announced a slate of mostly new nominees for elections to its board in June. 

RIT is one of six universities around the country to host a national Climate Leadership Summit for students on Saturday. About 100 students from area colleges and universities are expected to attend.

Sarah Quirk, president of RIT's Student Environmental Action League (SEAL), says her goal for the event is to create a network of students who are willing to work together to create a healthier environment.

MCC President Anne Kress is getting ready to fill the role held by University of Rochester President Joel Seligman for the last several years, as co-chair of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, along with Wegmans CEO Danny Wegman.

Cell Phone Inventor at U of R's Hajim Design Day

Apr 28, 2016

The man who invented the cell phone says he expected his idea would catch on someday, but he never expected to see what's happening now.

Martin Cooper visited the University of Rochester during the annual Hajim Design Day, where senior engineering students put their inventions and devices on display.

Cooper says the fundamental idea behind cellular telephony came from Bell Laboratories in 1947. 

And its parent company AT&T decided to make car telephones. 

The winds off of Lake Erie are going to help move the Seneca Nation of Indians towards energy independence. Tribal leaders kicked off construction of a new wind turbine on Wednesday.


U.S. Photonics Hub Coming To Rochester

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