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    Guild President bids farewell

    My fellow colleagues, It’s with mixed emotions I write to inform you I’ll be leaving the Times Union to take a reporting position closer to home. I know my departure comes at a critical time for the Albany Guild, and my decision was not made lightly, but I hope you will carry on the good work we’ve been doing in my absence. We have built momentum even during a pandemic, and the myriad efforts we have going will continue after my departure. My fellow Executive Board members as well as the stewards are fully committed to seeing through several of the efforts that remain ongoing, including a remote work policy;…

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    Diversity Committee demand prompts quick response from Times Union execs

    The quick action and mobilization by the Albany Newspaper Guild Diversity Committee last week prompted Times Union management to issue a public response following outcry over the company’s Black History Month ad solicitation strategy. Hours after the Guild went public Wednesday, demanding the company issue a sincere, public apology and offering several recommendations the company could consider to help repair the relationship between the news outlet and the Black community, Times Union Publisher George Hearst issued a statement apologizing for how the solicitation was received by some community members and indicated that proceeds from the special Feb. 21 edition of the paper will be donated to nonprofits that are active…

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    Diversity Committee condemns TU Black History Month ad strategy; calls for public apology

    The Albany Newspaper Guild Diversity Committee has called on Times Union management to immediately issue a public and sincere apology following public outcry over the newspaper’s ad solicitation strategy for Black History Month.  Members of the Capital Region on Friday, Feb. 5, received an email from the newspaper’s advertising department about the planned Black History Month special section, offering advertising space in the section ranging in price from $875 to over $3,000.  This email was received by many Black members of our community, who found it offensive and racist. The community criticized the Times Union for exploiting Black History Month to make a profit, and for charging Black business owners…

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    Labor leaders from Boston Globe, others talk union efforts this Thursday

    Reporters and labor organizers from the Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News and the Billings Gazette will share their stories on bringing coworkers together to form a union and rally support for worker rights this Thursday. The Albany Newspaper Guild will host a special Executive Board meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11, with labor leaders from three newspapers at various stages of organizing, giving all of us the opportunity to pick their brains on how to build momentum and land a new contract. Come with your questions and your enthusiasm. This is an opportunity for members to learn more about the benefits of our union and how you can help…

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    Time Off Advisory

    Members are asking questions about taking vacation and the five bonus personal days for this year. 2020-21 Vacation You have until April 15 to use any remaining vacation time from last year. Our vacation period runs from April 15 through April 14. If you don’t use it, you lose it. Many members have not taken their vacation saying they had nowhere to go. PLEASE take your vacation if you have not done so. You have until April 14 to take it. US Personal 2020 The Hearst Corp. proposed five additional personal days for anyone who met the criteria and was on the payroll as of Dec. 31, 2020. The Guild agreed…