While the members of the United Auto Workers continue to consider a tentative contract deal across the country, local employees of GM have already decided they don’t like it. The settlement is aimed at ending a strike that began in mid-September.

Members of UAW Local 1097 in Rochester have already voted overwhelmingly to oppose that tentative offer from GM.

In the latest WXXI Business Report, a recap of the latest job growth numbers from the New York State Labor Deptartment (they look good!), and the latest Empire State Manufacturing Index (which is also good!). 

Plus, find out which long-time Wegmans Executives are leaving the company.

The co-author of a new report on quid pro quo sexual harassment in the workplace says while there is a renewed general commitment to stronger accountability, much more needs to be done.

KC Wagner from Cornell University's Industrial and Labor Relations School is a contributor to the report, called "Stopping Sexual Harassment in the Empire State: Past, Present, and a Possible Future." 

The operator of a Tim Horton’s restaurant in Rochester has been cited by the federal safety agency OSHA in connection with a fatal accident last July.

OSHA has fined a company called Ninety Rock Management just under $8,700 after the incident this past summer when 3-year-old Bryce Raynor died after he fell into a grease trap just outside the Tim Horton’s on University Avenue.  The child had been at the store with his mother, who was working at the restaurant that day.

A couple of area high-tech companies are adding jobs. A company that designs satellite communications devices called Lite Coms LLC, will be creating a total of 37 jobs over the next five years.

Lite Coms previously was located on State Street in Rochester, and it has now moved to land near the MCC Brighton campus. It is part of the START-UP NY program, which provides tax incentives for new and expanding businesses when they partner with colleges and universities.

The laser lab (LLE) at the University of Rochester has received a financial boost that its director says will help ensure its future.

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who is also the Senate Minority Leader, has announced that a division of the U.S. Department of Energy has finalized a new five year, $410 million work agreement with the lab, the highest amount of funding ever approved for a five-year period in the lab’s history.

Michael Campbell is Director of the laser lab, and says the funding will help them continue to attract top talent.

In the latest WXXI Business Report, a recent conference focused on helping high-tech manufacturers become more competitive. Plus, there's a new chair of the board at Canopy Growth, the Canadian cannabis company partly owned by Constellation Brands. Then, we run down winners of this year's Ethie Awards. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the state will be suing the International Joint Commission for failing to properly manage water levels on Lake Ontario.

The governor addressed reporters and local public officials on the deck of Silk O’Loughlin’s in Irondequoit, overlooking the water.

"The facts of the matter are plain and simple," Cuomo said. "The IJC's function is to manage the lake level. That is their job, to manage the lake level. They have failed to manage the lake level. Period."

WXXI has announced that it will expand its coverage of the arts. 

“Thanks to support from our donors, we are in a unique position to enhance our existing arts and culture services and expand arts reporting in our newsroom,” said WXXI President Norm Silverstein. “We know that the arts have widespread social impact and we believe we have an important role to bring focus to the arts community.”

Victor-based Constellation Brands on Thursday reported a fiscal second-quarter loss of $525 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier.

Sales totaled just over $2.3 billion, up about 2% compared to last year.

The loss for Constellation is related to a $484 million loss involving its share of the investment the company has at Canopy Growth, the Canadian cannabis company.

CEO Bill Newlands told investors on a conference call Thursday that it was an excellent quarter for Constellation, driven by strong performance in the beer business. 


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