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    Severance Packages Approved

    At a membership meeting held Monday night on Zoom, the Albany Newspaper Guild unanimously approved two enhanced severance packages. One package covers the Advertising Art sub-department, while the other package is for other departments. The NewsGuild-Communications Workers of America Contracts Committee gave its support for the enhanced severance. The local’s Executive Board approved the enhanced severance at its January 2022 meeting and set the membership meeting.

  • Membership Meeting

    An Albany Newspaper Guild membership meeting has been called for 6 p.m. Monday January 17, 2022 to vote on an enhanced severance package for the Advertising Art Department and other departments at the Times Union. The local Executive Board recommends approval. The News Guild-CWA Sector Contracts Committee has approved the terms. The package for advertising art call for severance pay, equivalent health insurance and pension credits. The other package calls for improved severance payments, an equal amount of health insurance. In both cases health insurance coverage may be taken in coverage or in a negotiated amount of cash; unemployment will not be contested; signing of a separation agreement is required…

  • Monthly Executive Board Meeting

    Our monthly Executive Board meetings currently takes place every 2nd Thursday of the month at 6pm over Zoom. As always, these meetings are open to the membership. If you'd like to participate, email us at office@albanyguild.org before the start of the meeting and we'll send you the Zoom link.

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    Membership Updates

    Bonus Payment The Local’s Executive Board has approved at its December meeting a one-time bonus payment by the Times Union to Guild-represented employees who aren’t paid commissions. The company said the bonus most likely will be 1 percent of annual salary (that’s $500 if you earn $50,000). This is similar to what occurred in 2020. Severance Vote The membership at a special meeting Dec. 9, 2021 approved a special severance package for unit members who are not vaccinated. They will receive up to 8 weeks pay, the equivalent amount of health insurance in coverage or cash and can apply for unemployment. Christmas and New Year’s Day Just a reminder that…

  • Special Membership Meeting

    A special Albany Newspaper Guild membership meeting has been called for 6 p.m. Thursday December 9, 2021 to vote on a severance package for three unit members who have opted not to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Severance, unemployment and health insurance coverage would not be offered in this case except for a tentative agreement reached with the Times Union. The package calls for two to eight weeks of severance pay, an equal amount of weeks in health insurance coverage, which may be taken as a cash payment, unemployment, signing of a separation agreement and accumulated benefits. The membership meeting will be held via Zoom due to the rising number of…