Sat October 4, 2014
minimum wage

Tipped workers want a wage increase, but restaurants say it'll hurt

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 5:46 pm

Patrick McCann, owner of Piggy Pat's BBQ in New Hartford, says wage increases for servers will hurt his business.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Most New Yorkers earning the minimum wage are seeing their pay increase slightly, but that doesn't go for those in the service industry who receive tips.

The state's minimum wage will be $9 an hour at the end of next year. It will stay flat for servers and other tipped workers at $5 an hour, plus those tips.

Now the state labor department is considering raising the tipped minimum wage, but restaurant owners are worried it will have a negative ripple effect.

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Wed July 16, 2014

Semi-conductor jobs coming to Rochester: Cuomo

Governor Cuomo at Canal Ponds Business Park, Greece, New York on Wednesday.
Credit Randy Gorbman/WXXI


Governor Cuomo came to the Canal Ponds business park in Greece Wednesday to announce that 500 high tech jobs will be coming to Rochester.

He says a semi-conductor manufacturing facility is being established at the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering facility in Greece.

A consortium of companies  called Sematech is establishing the facility. Cuomo says it's good to see this kind of high tech work coming to Rochester.

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Wed May 28, 2014

Allegany County jail aims to reduce recidivism with pheasant program

Credit Monica Sandreczki/WSKG

Many jails run work programs for inmates, allowing them to earn money and spend time productively. In Allegany County, jail officials are hoping to reduce an inmate’s likelihood of returning by having them raise pheasants.

One of the inmates, Joe, opens the door to a small wooden shed behind the jail. It’s windowless, about the size of a one-car garage. Joe preferred not to give his last name. He’s wearing an orange T-shirt and pants and has a reference to the British band Pink Floyd, along with his son’s name, tattooed on his left arm.

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Fri May 23, 2014

New 'Ban the Box' Ordinance Aims to Help More Locals Find Work

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 1:51 pm

Even with her degrees, Deborah Blair has found full-time employment elusive.


Fri May 16, 2014

More than 100 Remington Arms jobs being sent to Alabama

Remington Arms employs more than 1,000 people in Ilion, New York.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The two-century-old gun manufacturer Remington Arms, the nucleus of a small Mohawk Valley community, is losing jobs to a more gun-friendly state.

The parent company of Remington, based in Ilion, New York, announced this week it is moving two lines of production work to the company's gleaming new factory in Huntsville, Alabama.

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