News from the Associated Press - November 18, 2013

November 18, 2013

Union, GE fail to reach deal on upstate NY plant

FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) — The union representing workers at an upstate New York General Electric plant slated for closure says the company has rejected its concessions.

Local media outlets report that leaders of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers Local 332 held a news conference Sunday to announce that GE had rejected the union's offer to cut 10 percent of the workforce at the plant in Fort Edward, 45 miles north of Albany.

Fairfield, Conn.-based GE announced in September that it planned to shut down the plant and shift the work to Clearwater, Fla. The Fort Edward plant employs about 200 people, including nearly 180 union members.

A GE spokeswoman says the union's concessions fell short of achieving the savings and efficiencies the company says it will gain with the move to Florida.


Complaint filed against NY Dem Committee

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A government watchdog organization has submitted a complaint that the state Democratic Committee and other political parties appear to be engaging in lobbying.

At issue are TV ads the Democratic party aired to support Gov. Andrew Cuomo's agenda. The ads asked voters to pressure legislators to vote for Cuomo's proposals.

NYPIRG on Monday asked the Joint Commission on Public Ethics to review the ad campaign and activities of other political parties, which have considered themselves exempt from lobbying laws. The issue was reported last week by The Associated Press.

The Democratic Committee rejects the idea that the ads were lobbying and says it discloses spending under election law requirements.

Lobbying laws require more details and more frequent disclosure of how money is raised and spent to influence policy.

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