Brightly colored signs covered every inch of a series of conference tables in an upstairs meeting room at the Albany Labor Temple tonight.
Times Union employees showed their artistic sides as they stood side by side, drawing inspiration for a possible picket this Thursday if the newspaper follows through on its threat to cancel our contract.
The signs all contain different messages: “A Local Newspaper Needs Local Employees,” “Where’s the Loyalty?”, “Keep Jobs Local,” “Honk to Save Local Jobs” etc. Thanks to all who took time out of their busy lives to show how creative they are.
The Company made the unprecedented decision to cancel our contract this Thursday, a fight we did not ask for and have been working to prevent. Unless the Times Union management changes their minds in the next 24 hours, a very public battle will be launched as this week ends.
One member of Albany’s Common Council sent Publisher George Hearst an e-mail Tuesday afternoon. President Pro Tempore Richard Conti noted a resolution in support of the Guild has strong support but the council set it aside until April 20 to give Hearst a chance to be heard.
“I would urge in a similar act of good faith that the Times-Union not cancel the Guild’s contract this Thursday,” he concluded.
We hope the Times Union heeds his advice. But if not, our signs are ready and so are we.