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Sweeney’s victory spells brand-new day for labor

Last month’s AFL-CIO election made headlines when insurgent John Sweeney defeated incumbent President Tom Donahue in the federation’s first contested election in its 40- year history. Employers, who have become accustomed to having the upper hand for the last couple ...

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The Loop

Bausch & Lomb hosted its first public event last week at the beleaguered firm’s new home, holding a reception for High Technology of Rochester’s venture capital conference. Most people there were awed by the building’s Ayn Randesque grandeur, but not ...

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In uncertain market, target quality growth stocks

As I write this article on Oct. 19, the key question facing most investors is what to do with their money in the current stock market environment. I assume that you have some type of long-term plan and that your ...

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Benefits of leasing often beat buying, borrowing

Last week, this burning question was posed: If your company can borrow money from a bank to fund the equipment, why would you consider leasing the equipment? For the answer, I spoke with William Jones, chief operating officer of Patora ...

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The Loop

Layoff rumors began spreading like wildfire this month at Fisons Corp., after the French firm Rhone Poulenc Rorer bought its parent company, Fisons PLC. Company officials say it’s too soon to know the impact on local employment. But top execs ...

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Non-Profit Report: Lifespan of Greater Rochester Inc.

A WEEKLY PROFILE OF A LOCAL NON-PROFIT Lifespan of Greater Rochester, formerly the Regional Council on Aging Inc., is a community agency dedicated to serving those people in the second half of life. Its mission–both present and future–concentrates on enhancing ...

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The Loop

A good question “Why is Bausch & Lomb distributing a Statement of Ethical Responsibility now?” CEO Dan Gill poses that timely rhetorical query in a summer issue of B&L’s employee newsletter, well before Business Week’s B&L-bashing cover story hit the ...

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A united Canada should be goal of Quebec vote

It has been interesting in recent weeks to read about Canada as frequently as we have; usually it is very rare to read anything about our neighbor to the North. It always has been a mystery to this writer that ...

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Non-Profit Report: Catholic Family Center

A WEEKLY PROFILE OF A LOCAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION The foundation of the Catholic Family Center is rooted in Scripture and Catholic teaching, and in respecting all persons in all stages of human development and conditions of life. It strives to ...

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Learn the ABCs of buying company equipment

Your business needs a piece of equipment. Which is the best way to acquire it? A) Pay cash B) Steal it C) Borrow D) Lease Option A, paying cash, has obvious appeal. You don’t have to go through the process ...

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The Loop

Steve Bhaerman, aka Swami Beyondananda, gives workshops to business groups on the healing power of humor, presumably his. Read this excerpt from his latest book, Driving Your Own Karma, and judge for yourself. (From “Swami Beyondananda’s Wait Training Program”): Yes, ...

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Non-Profit Report:
The Advocacy Center Inc.

A WEEKLY PROFILE OF A LOCAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION The Advocacy Center Inc.’s purpose is to assist persons with developmental disabilities and/or other disabilities, and their families, in obtaining services and accessing programs and to ensure the protection of their rights. ...

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New asbestos standards up the ante on compliance

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has radically revised its asbestos standards to include previously unaffected building owners and employees. Most provisions take effect this month. In the new standards, OSHA introduces a presumption that certain common building materials contain ...

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With culture adaptation, breakdowns can enrich

It always amazes me how easily we human beings turn what hasn’t happened into a problem. We create a vision or goal for ourselves and then, very quickly, become upset when it doesn’t go as planned. In organizations, this human ...

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The Loop

And then there were five. Looking thin and a bit bleary-eyed, Gordon Rogers this week stepped down as president of the Software Executives Group, an organization of this region’s software industry. Rogers, who also is founder and president of Meliora ...

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