Citigroup formally announced the plans for a new operations center in Amherst’s (Erie County) CrossPoint Business Park, February 21. The bank will occupy a proposed new 156,000-square-foot; three-story building to be built next door to another facility that Citigroup began occupying late last year. The new operations center is expected to bring more than 900 additional jobs to Western New York. This is the second major expansion in the area for Citigroup.
A State Supreme Court justice on February 2 has upheld the Berger Commissions decision to close St. Joseph’s Hospital in Cheektowaga (Erie County) as part of a statewide reorganization of hospitals that was announced in November 2006. The Catholic Health System, which operates the hospital, said it will appeal the decision to an appellate court. The closing would affect about 800 employees.
M&T Bank Corp. is sending about 150 back-office jobs to a company in India in the banks' second such move in recent months. The Buffalo (Erie County) based banking company will complete the job shift by the end of the year.
Gibralter Industries is closing its processed metals plant in Tonawanda, (Erie County) eliminating as many as 90 local jobs. The company has already shifted some of the work from the plant to the factory in Cheektowaga and will divide the remaining business between that facility and one in Ohio over the next few months.
Union Firefighters in Buffalo (Erie County)
turned down a five-year tentative contract on February 11.
Under the deal, firefighters would have received a 33
percent raise by 2011, but cut their health insurance,
vacation and overtime benefits. Buffalo firefighters have
not had a raise in five years when a wage freeze was put
in place by the city. The union still has ongoing lawsuits
with the city, including one that could result in firefighters
receiving back pay for 2002 and 2003.
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