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    Guild President Tim O’Brien bids farewell

    Dear Colleagues: It’s with strong emotions I write to let you know that I am leaving the Times Union, and my role as your Guild president, for a new job as a public information officer for the state Department of Motor Vehicles and the Governor’s Task Force on Traffic Safety. While I am excited about this new opportunity, I will deeply miss so many friends I have made here as well as the work I have enjoyed so much. I will also miss being your president. I have held the office for more than 17 years, the longest tenure in our local’s history. It has enabled me to get to…

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    Committee recommends how to use Marv Cermak bequest

    Members are invited to an Executive Board meeting at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16, at the Colonie Public Library to discuss the proposal. The Guild established a committee to discuss and recommend what to do with the $50,000 bequest the union has received from longtime reporter Marv Cermak. Here is the recommendation in the committee’s own words: “After much discussion, all seven members agreed that offering a Guild award yearly to two outstanding Times Union employees (who are also Guild members in good standing) is the best suggestion we can offer for the funds. The Cermak Award, consisting of $1,000, would be awarded to one Guild member in Editorial and…

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    Despite buyouts, Times Union lays off 3 employees

    The Times Union laid off three workers Thursday: two Guild members and one exempt manager. The decision came despite the fact that the Company appeared to meet its stated goals under a buyout program. The Company had said it wanted to cut the number of employees by 10 to 15, with the number depending on how highly paid the workers were. Seven Guild members accepted the buyout offer, and four managers also left. The Company also had said it would count an exempt manager who left around the time of the buyouts, and a Guild-covered employee handling obituaries also left and was not replaced. A top newsroom manager also has…

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    Unions strike bargain to move to MVP

    The unions at the Times Union agreed Thursday to switch to MVP for next year’s health care after a deal was struck where the Company will pay the difference if two people in a household exceed the current $6,850 out-of-pocket maximum. Rather than face the potential $8,000 maximum – although $3,250 of that is reimbursed by the company – the members would not have to pay any more than they do now. The potential risk of that higher out-of-pocket maximum for families with multiple people facing serious illness was the major concern the Teamsters union and the Guild had with the proposal. The company’s insurance manager said of the 7…

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    Company extends buyout offer to 9 Guild-covered workers

    Nine of the 16 Guild-covered employees who applied for the buyout have had their offers accepted. Of the nine, seven work in the editorial department and two in advertising. While the Company has informed the employees of their selection, the workers have 45 days from when they are given the release to decide whether to take the buyout or decline. Once an employee signs the buyout agreement, that person then has 7 days to rescind it. After that, the agreement is complete. Employees who get the buyout are expected to leave by year’s end. A few non-Guild employees are also leaving and will be counted toward the Company’s stated goal…