TU employees reject company offer

By a more than three-to-one margin, employees of the Times Union voted  today to reject a contract offer that would have given the company the power to outsource any and all jobs and lay off employees regardless of how long they had worked at the newspaper.

Publisher George Hearst had insisted on the vote and strongly encouraged members to participate. The members rejected the proposal by a vote of 125 to 35.

“Had the membership approved the company’s proposal, we would have respected their decision and been bound by it,” said Guild President Tim O’Brien. “The publisher sought this vote, told members how important it was to him that they vote and he needs to respect their decision. Our members were quite clear on what they found unacceptable in the company’s offer and they have been telling us what changes would make it acceptable. We intend to seek new bargaining dates and to go forward with a renewed spirit of flexibility.”

The publisher should take a renewed look at the proposal, listen to the concerns of his employees and come back to the table ready to compromise.

“As a sign of our good faith, the Guild is suspending its advertising campaign so that we can go forward with a new spirit of collaboration,” O’Brien said. “We look forward to returning to the table, and we believe the parties can and should come together in a compromise that will reflect both the perilous nature of our times as well as the need to continue to produce a quality newspaper staffed by local employees.”

3 thoughts on “TU employees reject company offer

  1. You should all be very proud – today marks the day that you stood up for yourselves and your co-workers and said ENOUGH! to corporate bullying and greed.

    You stood together with one overwhelmingly clear voice to demand fair and respectful treatment, even in the face of numerous threats from management.
    Bravo!

    Together, a reasonable contract will be reached.

  2. We watched our publisher try to sell us a bad contract..NICE TRY! After being sold a raw deal on our heath care there was no way you would get us twice. The numbers show we want what is fair! We are not being unreasonable in our request so let’s please find a happy medium that will please both sides and help us move forward all as a team on the same page!

  3. I’m relieved to see that our members are willing to stand up to the steamroller of random layoffs and outsourcing.
    Maybe the company’s representatives will finally be allowed to actually negotiate during these negotiations!

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