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    Bonus Payment

    The Guild has agreed to a Times Union plan to pay some members of our bargaining unit a 1 percent bonus in the Jan. 29, 2021 paycheck. The bonus payment is similar to one made in 2020. There will be a minimum payment of at least $350. The qualifications set by the company to receive the bonus payrment are you must be hired before October 1, 2020, you must have worked at least 1,000 hours in 2020, you must still be working at the company and you must not be on any sort of commission/bonus plan. President Mandy Fries responded to the company to say Guild would not bar our…

  • 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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    Guild Update: Remote Work, COVID-19, Buyouts, Ethics, Stewards

    It’s been a busy autumn as nearly all of us continue to work remotely. The Guild anticipates that remote work will continue to be the rule as the coronavirus pandemic continues to roll up higher numbers of people infected. Remote Work As was previously noted, the Guild’s Executive Board proposed a Remote Work Policy to the Times Union, aiming to negotiate a policy that would set guidelines for working outside the office and related equipment issues. This was an outgrowth of our push this past summer on cell phone and equipment reimbursement. When President Mandy Fries first presented the concept to Times Union Publisher George Hearst and Human Resources Director…

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    Guild Members Approve Buyout

    The members of the Albany Newspaper Guild unanimously approved a voluntary buyout agreement with the Times Union at an emergency membership meeting on Thursday Oct. 22. The agreement will allow members of our unit to apply to leave the company with a lump sum payment based upon years of service with and equivalent amount of health insurance. The deadline to apply for the buyout is Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. If you have questions regarding the buyout please contact a Guild officer or steward.  You may also contact the human resources office which is accepting the applications.

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    Guild reaches voluntary buyout deal

    The Albany Newspaper Guild and the Times Union agreed Monday to a voluntary buyout that will be open to all members of the bargaining unit. The local Executive Board unanimously approved the tentative agreement and has recommended approval at a special membership meeting on Zoom called for 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. Look for a separate email with the Zoom meeting information to be sent out Tuesday. The buyout offer also is being reviewed by the international NewsGuild board. The terms call for a minimum of 13 weeks pay and a maximum of 62 weeks pay based upon years of service. It also includes health insurance coverage for the same…