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    Eight years of frozen wages at Albany Times Union

      An anniversary not worthy of celebration just passed for workers at the Times Union. On Aug. 1, a company-imposed wage freeze hit its eighth year. During this time, the Guild has made ten different offers to settle the contract. All have been rejected by the company, which in the last two rejections declined to even come to the negotiating table. But despite this, the Guild remains committed to continue trying. We will make an eleventh offer, and if that is rejected, then a twelfth offer, a thirteenth offer, and so on… We will not stop until we have reached a fair deal for the hard-working TU employees and their families.…

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    What is morale and why does it sag?

    One of the most succinct definitions of morale came from Albert Sydney Johnson, a Kentucky native who was a Confederate general during the Civil War. Morale, he wrote, is “faith in the man at the top.” This month, it brought the Albany Newspaper Guild no pleasure to reveal that morale among the hard-working families at the Times Union, in a word, stinks. And also to say there is only one place to lay responsibility. At the top. The Hearst Corp. has imposed a wage freeze that will reach its 8th year in August. That has come at a time when staff in various departments continues to shrink, and those workers who remain are…

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    Guild social media campaign comes to Times Union Center marquee

    The Guild continues its ongoing social media campaign with a new message on the marquee at the Times Union Center. This message tells people to keep up with the latest on our web page, our twitter hashtag #tufamilies or through our Facebook postings. Our members just wrapped up a Facebook campaign posting pictures of themselves holding signs about what the ongoing 7.5 year wage freeze means to them. We have also launched a Twitter effort using the Peeps candy _ joined with the #tupeeps hashtag being used by the newspaper _ to highlight the wage freeze.

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    TU Plus Raises Equals Fair Deal for TU Families

      As many people now know, the Times Union has begun charging for access to its premium, locally-created stories and other content under a program called TU Plus. At as little as $1 a week for digital-only access, TU Plus is a great value, and the Guild fully embraces this effort to support the quality journalism produced at the Times Union each and every day. But the Guild also wants the community to remember, at a time when the Times Union is asking its readers for greater financial support, that the workers who make the Times Union what it is have gone for seven years _ and counting _ under a…

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    Wages are “Frozen” at Albany Times Union and it’s no fairy tale

    The Disney on Ice show based on the wildly popular “Frozen” is appearing at the Times Union Center through Sunday. And the Albany Newspaper Guild is using this occasion to remind Capital Region residents that something else has been frozen _ the wages for families who work for the Albany Times Union. Wages have been frozen at the paper for seven years and counting, with no sign of a thaw. For this period, the company has repeatedly offered one-time cash _ but no raise in salary _ in return for the union handing over all rights over outsourcing of jobs and seniority job protections _ twin demands that union leadership and its members view as leading…