• Bonus Approved

    The Executive Board approved a $1,000 bonus payment Wednesday that will be provided to Albany Newspaper Guild unit members who are not on a commission or bonus program.

    Here are the details presented to the local on Wednesday by the company:

    “As in the last few years the Company has decided to provide employees with a bonus based on corporate performance. Here are the terms to receive the bonus:

    • Employee must have been hired prior to Oct. 1, 2023
    • Employee must have worked at least 1,000 hours in 2022
    • If the employee is on a commission or bonus plan, they are excluded from receiving the bonus
    • Bonus is 1% of gross income with a minimum of $1,000.

    Almost all of our employees not on commissions or bonus plans will receive $1,000.”

    Any questions may be directed to the local at office@albanyguild.org.

  • Bruce Nelson

    It is with a great deal of sadness that the Albany Newspaper Guild reports the passing of Bruce Nelson, a retired Guild international representative, who came to Albany to assist our local and in many ways never left. Bruce died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023 after an illness.

    Bruce was a friend, mentor and eventually an Albany Guild member who provided support and leadership in assisting our local when he first arrived in the early 1990s.

    Bruce found friends among our ranks, respect from Times Union leaders and perhaps most importantly established family ties. Bruce met, fell in love with and married former Albany Guild President Melissa Nelson.

    While both Melissa and Bruce have retired from The News Guild and lived in Laurel, Maryland, that did not end their support for us in our current contract negotiations with the Times Union. Melissa has been providing us advice during our contract negotiations. Melissa relayed Bruce’s observations about our situation which helped us immensely.

    Bruce was extremely intelligent, possessed insight, was a keen judge of human nature, had a sly sense of humor, friendly and had a knowledge of labor relations that benefitted not only all of us in Albany, but across the Guild.

    Bruce arrived in Albany when our local leadership asked then international Guild President Chuck Dale to send us his best international field rep. Bruce arrived and that began a relationship of more than 30 years between him and our local.

    Melissa has been providing us advice and support during our contract negotiations. Melissa relayed Bruce’s observations about our situation which helped us immensely.

    An obituary for Bruce will be running in the Times Union, the Washington Post and the two Minnesota newspapers where he began his journalism career as a reporter and went to work for the Guild.

    Services will be held next week in Laurel, Maryland.

    Obituary for Bruce Raymond Nelson

  • Contract Talks Update

    Bargaining Bulletin #12:

    Tentative Agreement Reached on Most of Contract

    The Albany Newspaper Guild and the Times Union have reached tentative agreements on nearly all of our contract sections.

    The Wednesday bargaining session saw both sides conduct a section by section review of the proposed contract. We will be moving into negotiating the economics — wages and benefits — and deal with the outstanding contract sections including outsourcing.

    We will not be back to bargaining until the week of Jan. 9, 2022 due to vacations, the holidays and the Times Union wanting to work on its economic proposal.

    “We’ve been negotiating since June. It’s a long process after not conducting any contract talks since mid-2009,” said Guild President Ken Crowe.

    The Company and the Guild have been able to have frank conversations during the talks.

    The Guild negotiating team of Crowe, Vice President Ty Stewart and Secretary Wendy Liberatore will meet next week for a comprehensive review of our proposed economic package.

    Membership Approves Outsourcing Severance

    The membership during a special meeting approved a severance for three print desk members whose jobs are being outsourced to Hearst operations in Connecticut and Houston.

    We had anticipated losing as many as 15 positions, but due to previously negotiated buyouts, transfers within the Times Union and vacancies, we avoided the wholesale cuts.

  • Membership Meeting

    A membership meeting of the Albany Newspaper Guild, Local 31034, TNG-CWA has been called for 6 p.m. Thursday, December 8, 2022.  The meeting will be held via Zoom.

    At the meeting members will be asked to vote on approving the anticipated severance package for three unit members whose print desk jobs are being outsourced to Hearst properties in Connecticut and Houston.  Negotiations are ongoing but expected to be wrapped up for the meeting.  Discussions are being held on the amount of severance, insurance coverage, pension credits and additional payments.

    The membership will also be asked to elect two delegates to The News Guild/CWA Sector conference to be held early in 2023. The sector conference will be held online.

    You must be a member in good standing (paying dues) to participate in the meeting and to vote on any measures that come before the local.

    The monthly Executive Board meeting will follow on the same Zoom call.

    Please email us for Zoom login info.


    Agenda

    1. Call to Order
    2. Vote on Severance Package
    3. Election of 2 delegates to the TNG-CWA Sector Conference
    4. Update on Contract Negotiations
    5. Any other business
    6. Adjourn