Membership Dues

Do dues still matter? What can the Guild do for me now?
Almost all of the provisions of the contract are still intact:

  • If the Company wants to lay anyone else off, it has to negotiate and pay severance.
  • The Company cannot split your days off, as it wanted to, or cut your pay, as it proposed.
  • It still has to provide you the vacation time you earn.

All of this is because you have a union.

If you’ve fallen behind on your dues, please pay them. They will continue to accrue and you’ll have to pay it all once there is a settlement. Besides, it’s unfair for some people to pay for the benefits we negotiate while others don’t.

Please send payments to:
Albany Newspaper Guild
Local 31034
890 Third Street
Albany, NY 12206

If you have any questions, please contact us at office@albanyguild.org.

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Hearst offer: Give up job security for $1,000, no raises after 7 years

More than a month after the Guild presented a comprehensive offer to settle the contract, Publisher George Hearst showed up Monday with his own ‘proposal.’

Employees would give up the right to any say in who gets laid off and what work gets outsourced, and they would receive a $500 bonus upon ratification and another $500 to be paid on August 1, 2010.

No, we didn’t get the date wrong. The publisher walked in the door, said his offer from 2009 still stands, and didn’t even bother to update his wage offer.  He did not propose any raises for Times Union workers, who have gone without a pay increase for more than seven years.

The union made a comprehensive settlement proposal on July 31.

As a refresher, here is what we proposed:

WAGES: A 2 percent raise retroactive to August 1, 2010; 2.5 percent raises effective August 1, 2014; August 1, 2015, August 1, 2016; and August 1, 2017.

OUTSOURCING: Our proposal says the Company would have to negotiate over any outsourcing, as it has to do under the imposed conditions.

LAYOFFS. The Company could lay off employees out of seniority, but those workers would get enhanced severance. If the Company tried to take away the added severance, it would also lose the language allowing out-of-seniority layoffs.

As we see it, we have three options for a response we will outline at this meeting:

Membership meeting
12:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 24,
at the Colonie Town Library

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