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 would like to see.

If you have any questions, ideas, or thoughts to share, please reach out to any of your Guild officers, which include President Brian Nearing (x5094); Chief Steward Rob Gavin (x5064), Vice Presidents Mandy Fries (x5353), Jeff Boyer (x5429); and Jennifer Rodd (x5597) Treasurer Marianne Mahr (x5589); and Secretary Mark Hempstead (x5675).

July’s Executive Board Meeting Agenda

There will be a meeting of Local 34’s Executive Board at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12 at the Labor Temple. As always, these meetings are open to the membership.

Executive Board Agenda

  1. Approval of minutes
  2. Treasurer’s report
    • Monthly update
  3. Commission committee
  4. Communications committee
    • Website & Social Media
    • Newsletter
  5. Mobilizing committee
  6. Grievances and arbitrations
  7. Contract negotiations
    • Member Survey
    • Company’s proposed title changes
    • Wellthy Benefit
    • Payroll change
  8. Solidarity/support for other unions
  9. Old business
    • Marv Cermak Donation status
    • Proposed Bylaw changes
    • CWA Convention in Pittsburgh, Aug 4-5.
  10. New business
    • Holiday Party
  11. Adjourn

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 wants to recognize all that our members do across all departments to make these awards happen…

On Tuesday, July 11, the Guild will host a get-together for all members at Wolfs 1-11 on Wolf Road. Drinks and snacks provided starting about 5:30 p.m. Give yourself and your colleagues a round of applause. You have earned it.

And also take the opportunity to meet our two newest board members, Amanda Fries and Rob Gavin. Amanda is your new First Vice President and Rob is your new Chief Steward.

June’s Executive Board Meeting Agenda

There will be a meeting of Local 34’s Executive Board at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21 at the Labor Temple. As always, these meetings are open to the membership.

Executive Board Agenda

  1. Approval of minutes
  2. Treasurer’s report
    • Monthly update
    • Need to Update signatories
  3. Commission committee
  4. Communications committee
    • Website & Social Media
    • Newsletter
  5. Mobilizing committee
  6. Grievances and arbitrations
  7. Contract negotiations
    • Member Survey
    • Company’s proposed title changes
  8. Solidarity/support for other unions
  9. Old business
    • Marv Cermak Donation status
    • Proposed Bylaw changes
  10. New business
    • CWA Convention in Pittsburgh, Aug 4-5.
  11. Adjourn

Guild Elects New Officers

Guild members elected Brian Nearing as the union local’s new President, Rob Gavin as Chief Steward, Amanda Fries as First Vice President, and Jeff Boyer as Second Vice President on the Guild’s Executive Board.

Nearing has been Chief Steward for seven years. Fries is the Albany County reporter and a new board member. Gavin is the courts reporter and a new board member. Boyer is a graphic artist who is returning to the board. The election fills vacancies left by the departures of board members Tim O’Brien, Cindy Schultz and Michael Huber.

Their elections occurred at the local’s annual membership meeting Wednesday at the Colonie Public Library.

May’s Executive Board Meeting Agenda

There will be a meeting of Local 34’s Executive Board at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10 at the Labor Temple. As always, these meetings are open to the membership.

Executive Board Agenda

  1. Approval of minutes
  2. Treasurer’s report
    • Monthly updates
  3. Commission committee
  4. Communications committee
    • Newsletter
    • Website
  5. Mobilizing committee
  6. Grievances and arbitrations
  7. Contract negotiations
  8. Solidarity/support for other unions
  9. Old business
    • Donation committee
    • Proposed Bylaw changes
    • Multi-council meeting, June 10-11 in Buffalo
  10. New business
  11. Adjourn

The Guild Picnic is Sunday, June 4th at Lanthier’s Grove

Location: Lanthier’s Grove (4 Dunsbach Ferry Road, Latham)

Come out for a day of fun, friendship and fellowship. The picnic is open to members of our union and their immediate families. Singles can bring a guest.

All You Can Eat Picnic. Kitchen Open: Noon–5:00, Beverages till dusk.

Menu: Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Cheeseburgers, Veggie Burgers, Pulled Pork on a Roll, Sausage & Pepper Sandwiches, Raw Clam Bar, Chicken Wings, Spare Ribs, Clam Chowder, Corn on the Cob, Baked Beans, Potato and Pasta Salad, Pickles, Potato Chips, Watermelon, Cookies, Beer and Soda.

Recreation: Softball, Volleyball, Bocci Ball, Horseshoes, Basketball, a Game Room and a Pool Table are available.

Join with your union colleagues for a fun day, rain or shine!
RSVP at albanyguild.org/picnic