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Greece Chamber panel discusses regulations, educating young workers (access required)

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Human resources regulations can be a pain in the neck and costly, agreed educators, business people and legislators participating in a wide-ranging panel discussion at the Greece Regional Chamber of Commerce Thursday. Even those regulations with the best of intentions ...

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College workforce training programs abundant but still chasing need (access required)

Students and instructor work with a machine at Monroe Community College.

Monroe Community College graduates 60 welding students a year, but that’s still not enough to fill the demand from local companies. And that’s not a unique situation. In the 2014-15 school year, 565 people graduated from a variety of advanced manufacturing programs at MCC and from other regional colleges, yet those graduates met just 63.1 percent of the demand for people with those skills. So says “Measuring Middle-Skill Occupational Gaps Within the Western New York Regional Economy,” a September 2017 report compiled by a team of MCC and state and regional economic development programs.

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Cuomo’s restaurant pay issue a contentious one (access required)

Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to increase tipped restaurant workers’ wages to the same minimums as other workers will likely result in quite a public battle. Restaurant owners are already gearing up to testify against the proposal. And some workers are ready to demonstrate in support of it. Cuomo, in announcing that he will include the measure in his State of the State address, had said a single minimum wage for all workers, including restaurant workers, would help elevate working conditions and counter discrimination for a workforce that is disproportionately female and minority.

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