March’s Executive Board meeting agenda

There will be a meeting of Local 34’s Executive Board at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 8 at the Labor Temple. As always, these meetings are open to the membership. Here is the meeting’s preliminary agenda:

  1. Approval of minutes
  2. Treasurer’s report
    • Monthly update
  3. Committee reports
  4. Commission committee
  5. Communications committee
    • Newsletter
    • Website
  6. Grievances and arbitrations
  7. Contract negotiations
  8. Solidarity/support for other unions
  9. Organizing
  10. Retiree advisory committee
  11. Pension
  12. Old business
    • Guild picnic
  13. New business
    • Outsourcing of advertising sales
  14. Adjourn

The next scheduled meeting will be 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 12.

4 thoughts on “March’s Executive Board meeting agenda

  1. Looking at the agenda under new business regarding outsourcing of adverstising sales. Does this mean the company plans to eliminate jobs in advertising? Please let us know.

    • Just as we were putting together the agenda, we heard the company is looking to use the Hearst-owned company Local Edge to sell advertising into the newspaper, even possibly allowing its employees to identify themselves as calling from the Times Union. We are being told no one will be laid off, but there are vacant positions in advertising at the moment and we are concerned about the potential future impact of having a second sales force outside the building. I had a brief conversation with the publisher. We are meeting with the company on Wednesday, and we have reached out to colleagues in advertising for input and for folks to join us at the meeting. We will, as always, share the details when we have them.

  2. Does this mean the company plans to eliminate jobs in advertising?

    No, the company will not eliminate the jobs. The jobs will simply be performed in another part of the country, by other people.

  3. Tim, thanks for providing the explanation. I am sure you and the rest of the executive board will move ahead on this issue.
    Dwight, the important issue is what impact will have on us working at the Times Union. I don’t know if you’re a Guild member or someone else working here or at another location,. I, and I know many others at the paper, do not want to see anyone lose their job because an attempt is made to ship it to Houston or some other place not at the Times Union. It’s important that we are working together. Everyone wants to see the Times Union and its multiple platforms flourish as we all benefit. Having the jobs here at the Times Union strengthens the local economy and bolsters the TU’s reputation as an important player and participant in the Capital Region.

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