• Membership Drive

    Join your colleagues to help in a phone drive to reach out to other Times Union staffers with a short survey. We’ll be having pizza and soft drinks while we make calls from our 2nd floor office at the Labor Temple. Bring your cell phone!

  • Guild Holiday Party (and Annual Meeting) at Wolf’s 1-11

    Friday, December 7 from 6–9 p.m. at Wolf’s 1-11 on Wolf Road. Join your fellow Guild members for drinks and hors d’oeuvres! Guild members are invited to bring one guest. The Guild will also be holding its annual meeting at 6:30 p.m., just after the start of the Dec. 7 holiday party at Wolf's 1-11. There is no defined agenda and nothing requiring a member vote at this brief meeting, but it will be a chance to hear from and ask questions of your Guild officers. Topics will include healthcare, buyouts, and a contract update.

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    Company seeks to force Health Care Deductible increase over Guild objection

    For about a month now, the company and the Guild, along with the unions for the mailroom and the press, have been negotiating the 2019 health care package. The company initially proposed increasing the current out-of-pocket individual deductible, which has been $750 for several years, to $950 as part of coverage with our current carrier, MVP. This increase would be part of a package that would include a form of telephone medical “concierge” service aimed at dealing with routine health issues without the expenses associated with a doctor’s office visit. Under our current system, once the deductible is reached, expenses are then reimbursed through a company/Guild fund run by our…

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    Guild members approve company buyout offer

    Guild members approved an amended buyout offer today by a 31-1 tally. Members now have until 5 p.m. Nov. 12 to consider applying for this offer. Applying for the offer in no way obligates the person to accept, should the company offer it. Members who sign the buyout agreement will have seven days to rescind it without consequence. The company’s offer is two weeks pay for every year of service, with a maximum payment 62 weeks. Years of service would be calculated as of Nov. 1, 2018, and would not include fractional years. The minimum payment is be four weeks. Concurrent health care coverage would be capped at 52 weeks, even…