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>Colgan to begin talks with new pilots union

WASHINGTON -- Colgan Air, which operated the Continental Connection plane that crashed in Clarence Center in February, killing 50, will begin negotiations with its new union today, the Air Line Pilots Association announced Tuesday.

Pilots at Colgan voted last December to join ALPA, the world's largest pilots union.

"The recent scrutiny of our industry and our airline has highlighted a number of issues, such as pilot compensation, pilot scheduling and the application of our sick leave policy, that are major concerns for our pilots," said Capt. Mark Segaloff, chairman of the union's Executive Council at Colgan.

The union hopes to address those issues at the bargaining table, Segaloff said.

Pilot fatigue has emerged as one of the key issues in the federal investigation of the February crash, and The Buffalo News reported earlier this month that pilots at Colgan felt pressured to fly even when they were sick or fatigued.

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>Legislature chairwoman elected to association post

BATAVIA -- Mary Pat Hancock, chairwoman of the Genesee County Legislature for the past eight years, has been elected second vice president of the New York State Association of Counties.

Hancock, a retired high school guidance counselor, has served on the association's board of directors since 2005, representing Western New York's 8th Judicial District.

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>Bill aims at improving food safety notification

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand on Tuesday introduced a bill aimed at improving food safety in the nation's schools in response to a federal probe that found schools were not being notified that contaminated food should be pulled from cafeterias.

"Parents should have confidence that the food their children are served at school is safe and free of contaminants," said Gillibrand, D-N.Y. "But schools aren't getting the information they need from the federal government to keep our kids safe from tainted products."

The bill would develop guidelines for putting a hold on suspect commodities bound for school meal programs and, in conjunction with the states, explore ways to notify schools more quickly when suspect products are discovered.

Gillibrand's report came in response to a Government Accountability Office report.

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>Alumni Soccer Classic scheduled Oct. 10

YORKSHIRE -- The eighth annual Pioneer High School Alumni Soccer Classic is planned for noon Oct. 10 on Homecoming Weekend on the turf field at the high school.

Registration is $10, and forms are available at the Pioneer home page, www.pioneerschools.org. Proceeds go to the James Chassin Alumni Soccer Scholarship.

Registrations can be sent to Tom Izydorczak, c/o Pioneer High School, 12145 County Line Road, Yorkshire, NY 14173.

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