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Court debates union fees for nonunion workers

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether making nonunion home health care workers in Illinois pay “fair-share” union fees is an unconstitutional violation of their First Amendment rights. The case could have major implications for public service unions. ...

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Former union president sentenced

Mark Valerio, 57, of Macedon, who was convicted of violating the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act, has been sentenced to one year probation, 500 hours of community service and ordered to repay more than $39,000 in restitution to the ...

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Career conference and job fair next week

RochesterWorks is teaming up with Monroe Community College and the state Department of Labor to present the sixth annual Greater Rochester Career Conference and Job Fair. The free event takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 15 in ...

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NY starting project to put ex-inmates to work

ALBANY — New York officials said they are launching a project to train and employ former inmates using $13.5 million raised from businesses and foundations as investors. Under a contract with Social Finance Inc., which raised operating funds from investors, ...

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Employers step in to prevent worker burnout

LONDON — Volkswagen turns off some employees’ email 30 minutes after their shifts end. Goldman Sachs is urging junior staff to take weekends off. BMW is planning new rules that will keep workers from being contacted after hours. This surge ...

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Fast-food protests return amid push for wage hikes

NEW YORK — Fast-food workers and labor organizers are marching, waving signs and chanting in cities across the country Thursday amid a push for higher wages. Organizers say employees planned to forgo work in 100 cities, with rallies set for ...

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Value of workforce partnerships main topic

Panelists in higher education and industry will discuss the future of the local workforce at an interactive program from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at Monroe Community College. “Together We’re Better … Merging Academia and Industry for Positive ...

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Hundreds take part in high-tech jobs fair

More than 400 people participated in a Nano Job Fair Wednesday, conducted by the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the CNSE Photovoltaic Manufacturing and Technology Development Facility in Rochester. In expanding the governor’s high-tech strategy to grow ...

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Court unlikely to say union-casino pact illegal

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court seemed unlikely Wednesday to declare invalid a pre-organizing agreement between a union and a Florida casino that had the business helping the union organize in return for help with a ballot initiative. Justices heard ...

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Job credit for vets to begin for employers

ALBANY — New York employers will soon be able to claim a new tax credit when they hire a veteran who served after the 9/11 terror attacks. More benefits are expected to be announced during an upcoming “veterans summit” to ...

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Midtown project lauded for diverse workforce

Workforce diversity goals are being exceeded at the Midtown Rochester Rising project, according to a September Project Labor Agreement report. Of the total work hours recorded from all trades to date, 28.2 percent were credited to minorities and 8.3 percent ...

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