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    Melissa Nelson Says Farewell

    Melissa Nelson will retire on April 27, capping a 35-year career of NewsGuild activism, including 11 on the staff of the national union. She served the national union first as a field rep and eventually as director of collective bargaining, where she reviews contract proposals and settlements, and advises union negotiators.

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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 Holiday Party

    Friday, December 1 from 6–9 p.m. at Wolf’s 1-11 on Wolf Road Join your fellow Guild members for drinks and hors d’oeuvres! Guild members are invited to bring one guest. Sign up today at albanyguild.org/holiday

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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…