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    Agreement reached on company cell phone stipend policy

    In response to a new company mobile phone stipend policy, members of the Newspaper  Guild met this week with company representatives to discuss concerns over what appeared to be company access to the personal phones of our members, up to and including the potential review and deletion of any and all data if the company felt any company email on the phone had been compromised. Accordingly, the policy no longer contains any requirement that our members install any company app that can provide access to the phone and its contents. Our members will be required to report to the company upon learning their phone is lost or stolen, which then…

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    2018 Health Insurance Update

    The news for the 2018 health insurance coverage is a mix of good and bad. First, the good: The company’s health insurance consultant, the local firm of Brown and Brown, was able to negotiate a 4.9 percent premium increase from our current provider, MVP. There will be no need to change health care providers. Given the current uncertainty in the health care market, due to the current political outlook on potential changes in the federal Affordable Care Act, a premium increase in the low single digits was very favorable. Now, for the bad news. As you know, the Guild has long maintained a so-called “composite” health care rate, in which…

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    Guild Annual Membership Meeting and Vote on Proposed Bylaw Changes

    The Newspaper Guild of Albany will hold its annual meeting at 12:30 p.m. Tuedsay, October 17, at the Colonie Public Library. There will also be votes on two proposed bylaw changes. Amendment 1: Amendment Notification Requirements Currently, any change to the bylaws requires all members to receive notice by mail at least 30 days’ prior to a vote of the exact language to be changed. We had sought an opinion from the international on whether we could send out postcards informing members of the vote and refer them online to the wording of the question. (We would provide written copies to anyone who did not have Internet access.) Ironically, we…

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    What kind of contract do YOU want to see?

    As part of renewed efforts to negotiate a potential new contract and end the wage freeze, which just marked its tenth year, the Guild wants to know what you think. This short survey asks members asks members what kind of issues would be most important to them in a new contract. The survey also optionally asks to provide an email point of contact, which would be used to advise members of news and events as the Guild ramps up its social activity. CLICK HERE to fill out our survey Please take the time to complete the survey. It will help provide the Guild negotiating team with insights into what members…

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    Congratulations for All Your Hard Work

    Recently, the Times Union has received numerous awards for its editorial and advertising content. On the news side, the paper in June was again honored as a Newspaper of Distinction for being the “best mid-sized newspaper” in the state, according to the New York State Associated Press Association. It is the fourth time since 2012 that the paper has been so named. On the advertising side, New York Newspapers Advertising & Marketing Executives honored the paper with 15 awards in April. That was more than any other paper of a similar size. None of this would happen without a lot of hard work and professional dedication. So the Newspaper Guild…