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High court seems ready to scrap mandatory public union fees

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court appears ready to deliver a major setback to American unions as it considers scrapping a four-decade precedent that lets public-sector labor organizations collect fees from workers who decline to join. During more than an hour ...

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High court dispute over union fees could curb labor’s clout

WASHINGTON — The largest teachers union in Michigan still represents Jason LaPorte at the bargaining table, but he no longer pays anything to support the union. LaPorte and thousands of other public school teachers stopped contributing to the union after ...

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City aims to give municipal workers $15

Rochester is moving to raise the minimum wage of municipal workers to $15 an hour. Mayor Lovely Warren was joined by Gov. Andrew Cuomo when she announced the phased-in increase on Wednesday. Last week Cuomo said his administration would gradually ...

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Is your contractor independent or not?

Business owners who use independent contractors beware, particularly if you live in New York. The message that state politicians and bureaucrats have broadcast for years got ratcheted up recently after the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division in ...

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US small businesses feel mixed impact from China’s economy


NEW YORK — China’s economic problems have been a windfall for some U.S. small businesses — and pose a threat to others. A nearly 40 percent plunge in the Shanghai stock market since mid-June, a response to the country’s weakening ...

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NLRB ruling can hurt small business, groups say

A National Labor Relations Board ruling that modified the definition of an employer could hurt small businesses including franchises and subcontractors, according to industry groups that advocate for those companies. The NLRB decision Thursday came in a case involving waste ...

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Bill would close state contractors’ pay gap

A bill announced this week would require equal pay for equal work from companies that want to do business with the state of New York. The bill, drafted by Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) and Assembly Member Deborah Glick (D-Manhattan), would ...

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Sibley building to house high-tech start-ups

A historic department store in downtown Rochester will soon house high-tech business start-ups as part of an effort to revitalize the area’s economy. State officials announced Wednesday the start of the $24 million project at the Sibley building. The sixth ...

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Social Security turns 80: Changes needed to save program


  As Social Security approaches its 80th birthday Friday, the federal government’s largest benefit program stands at a pivotal point in its history. Relatively modest changes to taxes and benefits could still save it for generations of Americans to come, ...

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