WEEKEND DEBRIEF: Workers leaving jobs, SLPWA criticized, and COVID’s status (podcast)

While primary contests were among the biggest news story of the week in the Finger Lakes- there were plenty of others that made a big splash. 

On this edition of The Weekend Debrief Josh Durso and Ted Baker talk about the biggest stories- including some surprise results from Tuesday’s contests. 




Here are some of the other topics discussed:

WORKER SHORTAGE: Unemployment rates are coming down, but a lot of workers are also leaving their jobs. The Wall Street Journal reported that 2.7% of americans left jobs in april, up more than one full percentage point from the year before. the journal podcast explored this topic, finding that most of the people leaving jobs simply have more bargaining power in the marketplace right now.

PURE DILEMMA: Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association came under fire recently for taking donations from Seneca Meadows, Inc.- operators of the region’s largest landfill. It prompted an interesting debate about the realities of that work- and legitimate questions about how to fund it. Check out Peter Mantius’ reporting here.

UNEMPLOYMENT FIASCO: Now people who were told they were overpaid during the pandemic are being hit with another trauma: After repaying those funds- the Department of Labor is garnishing their wages anyway. Is it time for New York State to give up on re-collecting those funds?

COVID UPDATE: Is there reason to be concerned about the latest COVID news? Concert venues around the region- like cmac- announced that they would not be requiring proof of vaccination for concertgoers this summer. We also had news that low vaccination rates among young people are a concern with the newer- more aggressive strain of covid circulating.