Guild plans meeting for Thursday
The Newspaper Guild is planning a meeting for this Thursday to discuss the Company’s proposed layoffs.
The session will be held at the large auditorium in the first floor of the Albany Labor Temple, 890 Third St., Albany. Yes, we know the Desmond is more convenient, but the space at the Labor Temple is free to us and the Guild too needs to be cost conscious.
The exact start time will be determined Monday morning, but we expect it to be either 5:30 p.m. or 6 p.m.
We do not yet have any details of the Company’s plans, but we can answer questions and get your input on what you want your union to do. We can also explain the process as outlined in the contract.
It’s important to note that there have not been layoffs previously at the Times Union, so this process is new to us as well. We still believe it is in everyone’s best interest for the Company to offer buyouts first.
Please take time to come to this very important meeting.
Take a look at the Rocky Mountain News website. There’s an amazing video chronicling the final days of the paper, appropriately named “Final Edition.” Have a box of tissues nearby.
I’m wondering how many Guild members are 7-day subscribers to the newspaper? I think it’s very important to support our paper and the bare minimum EVERYONE could do very easily is have the paper delivered to their homes. As circulaion is sliding who has stepped up to the plate to help plug the hole?