Niagara Gazette — Even allowing for the upstate vs. downstate standard-of-living costs, that pay scale is a sharp departure from the average pay of employees at the Indian-operated casinos in Western New York.(In fact, it is common knowledge that any talk of organizing a union at the Seneca Niagara Casino would probably be your ticket out of the place.) The pact also provides for free family health care, free training programs for career development and retirement security for workers.
Some political observers cite the timing of the new contract, with the Cuomo administration pushing to expand casinos upstate as part of the governor’s economic development strategy for job creation.
STARTED IN D.C.: Donald P. Zeifang, 77, a Niagara Falls native who launched his legal career as a clerk for U.S. District Court Judge John J. Sirica, died Sunday (Oct. 27, 2013) in Falls Church, Va.
A graduate of Notre Dame University and Georgetown University Law Center, Zeifang held a key post with the National Association of Broadcasters and led the NAB’s work on rewriting the 1934 Federal Communications Act. A member and partner of a Washington law firm for more than 20 years, he also was licensed to practice at the U.S. Supreme Court. Zeifang was a 1954 graduate of Bishop Duffy High School. Survivors include his wife, Kathleen, a son, Michael, and a daughter, Laura.
TRIVIA: In what upstate city in New York was the Western Union company founded in 1857? (Answer Sunday)Contact Reporter Don Glynn at 282-2311, ext. 2246.