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Study says number of workers identifying themselves as members of unions are up over past year-and-a-half...

A new study suggests the number of working-age New Yorkers who identified themselves as members of labor unions rose in the last 18 months.  The study was conducted by two professors at the City University of New York Graduate Center.  They found that nearly one in four working New Yorkers belonged to labor unions.  The New York Times says that compared to slightly more than one in five at the start of 2013.  The primary cause for the rebound appeared to be a surge in construction and hotel industry hiring -- not the campaigns for better pay and benefits by fast-food workers and other low-earners.

Labor Day Festival rescheduled for today until 9 p.m....

Sunday's rains and standing water forced Jamestown city officials to call off the annual Labor Festival to today... when better weather conditions are forecast.  The only event that took place yesterday was the annual Dan Feather 5-K Run-walk... which took place at 9:30 a.m.  City Parks and Recreation Director Julia Ciesla-Hanley says the music gets underway on the Main Stage at Noon... and, the second stage at 12:30 p.m.  The first group there will be "Teachers, Preachers and Trent."  Ciesla-Hanley says a new group will perform there at 3 p.m., "The New Tenants."  They're a group involved with the Infinity program.  Cindy Love is the final performer on the second stage.  The final group to take the Main Stage will be "Two for Flinching" which will play until the fireworks show just after 8:30 p.m.  Ciesla-Hanley says they'll also have other -- "family-friendly" -- events going on... including Kids Games from 2 to 6 p.m.  She adds they'll also have Bingo, a Magic Show, and Karoke.  Ciesla-Hanley says 13 organizations and civic groups will be selling for and refreshments... including the Jamestown and Falconer High School Marching Bands.

Hagglund to get Ritzer Labor Award...

One of the high-lights during the day at the annual Labor Day Festival is presentation of the George Ritzer Labor Award.  The award is given annually to a member of local labor who goes above and beyond the call of duty for not just their union... but, the community as well.  Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi says the award has been given out since the mid-1980s by the Jamestown Central Labor Council.  This year's Ritzer Award is being presented to Valerie Hagglund of the Association of Jamestown Paraprofessionals of NYSUT Local-04-217.

Two arrested in Ellery drug bust after traffic stop...

Two men were arrested early this weekend for allegedly being in possession of Heroin... and, a large amount of money when their car was pulled over in the town of Ellery.  Sheriff's Deputies say they stopped the vehicle... driven by 27 year-old Dennis Syper of Mayville... about 10:30 p.m. last Friday night for failure to keep right.  Officers say they spotted a number of envelopes containing heroin inside the car.  Deputies brought in K-9 "Mitchell" to do a vehicle search... and, he found the drugs.  Police add Syper was allegedly found to be under the influence of drugs.  He and his passenger... 37 year-old Cesar Luis-Soto of Jamestown... were charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  The money was seized.  Syper was charged with DWI-Drugs, and failure to keep right.  Both men will appear in Ellery Town Court at a later date.

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Two boaters are safe after the bass boat they were on capsized on Chautauqua Lake last Saturday afternoon in the Loomis Bay Road area.  Chautauqua County Sheriff's Navigation officers were ...

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