Cuomo proposes changes to equal-pay provision

ALBANY - Under the current state Labor Law's Equal Pay provision, employees who perform the same job cannot be paid differently based on their gender.There are several exceptions to that rule. For example, seniority or a merit system may affect workers' wages.Women working full time in this state earn 84 percent of what men earn according to the state Labor Department. Nationally, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, women in 2010 earned 77 cents for every $1 men earned in full time work. In 2011 the median full-time working woman made 81.6 percent of the wages of the median…
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Antique store making new memories

NELLISTON - MaryAnn Pierpont always has been fond of antiques and dreamed of opening a shop. In November, she made her dream a reality when she opened Memories Old & New at 62 E. Main St., also Route 5, in November.Pierpont is an Amsterdam native who lived in Long Island and worked as a mental health counselor before returning to Montgomery County to live in Canajoharie about seven years ago.The store, located in a former residence with a welcoming front porch, resembles a home tastefully decorated with valued antiques, and nearly everything is for sale."I wanted to give it a…
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Many hopeful about job market in new year

Hiring levels nationwide are creeping up toward where they were before the recession began in December 2007 according to the latest data from the U.S. Labor Department.Last month the number of job openings advertised nationwide increased 12 percent from December 2011 with 3.67 million job openings across the U.S.But analysts are saying hiring will remain modest over the next few months since there wasn't much of an increase from October to November.More than 12 million people were unemployed in November - that's 3.3 unemployed people, on average, competing for each open job. That's the lowest ratio since November 2008. Still,…
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A Textile Tale

AMSTERDAM - Anyone looking for optimism in local economic development need not look far for an American manufacturer weaving a positive tale on a loom of renewed possibilities.In a facility at 96 Guy Park Ave. sits a family-owned and operated textile and fabric manufacturer proceeding with plans for significant growth including new job openings.Mohawk Fabric Co., a city business that has passed through family hands for 92 years, entered the spotlight in December when Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the company would receive $1.38 million in help to upgrade its fabric and textile manufacturing operation.It's one of 70 projects that were…
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