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Eighty-one employees at an assisted living facility in Orchard Park and a nursing home in Wellsville will be represented by 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, following a vote. The employees work at Orchard Brooke Living Center in Orchard Park and Highland Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Home in Wellsville. The workers covered by the vote include licensed practic…

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As workers at Dresser-Rand's plant in Wellsville brace for their plant to shut down within two years, they have approved a deal covering how they will be compensated once their jobs vanish. Dresser-Rand is the largest manufacturer in Allegany County, with about 250 workers represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local Lodge 1580.…

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Erie County Democrats want to close a loophole they say lets some contractors on county projects get work without adequately training new apprentices. They want to tighten requirements for apprenticeship programs on county-funded projects to require a graduation rate of at least 30 percent. But what appears to be a minor change in an existing law has drawn concerns f…

Workers negotiating for a first contract at Wendt Corp. in Cheektowaga plan to rally outside the plant on Friday, as the company prepares to make temporary layoffs. Hourly workers at the plant, which makes equipment for the scrap recycling industry, approved representation by the Ironworkers Shopmen's union last June and have been bargaining a first contract since then.…

Town of Tonawanda

Members of the hourly employees union picketed the Tonawanda Town Board meeting Monday night because the union's members have been working without a contract since 2011. Nearly half of the union members do not pay for health insurance, and the town wants the next contract to include a change. Endorsed Republican Town Board candidates Paul D. Christian and Damon Piate…