The merger agreement language was finalized Friday, clearing a way for a vote on Tuesday.
The vote will be from noon to 2 p.m. and 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday at the Colonie Public Library.
Like you, we are frustrated that the company’s delay in producing a written document is pushing a vote into Christmas week. We understand some employees have previously scheduled holiday parties then.
There is little excuse when the conceptual agreement was reached Dec. 2 not to have had a written agreement before Dec. 18.
The language change in the contract is simpler and an agreement has been reached. It would simply remove the reference in Section 14.C that refers to the fund having joint trustees. Publisher George Hearst and President Tim O’Brien have agreed on that language change.
At the meetings, our aim is to have the trustees discuss the proposal with you and answer your questions before you decide.
Guild President Tim O’Brien issued a statement explaining his position, which is that members need to vote with a complete understanding of all the pros and cons and the potential impact of their vote. Many of you have heard from Chief Steward Ray Pitlyk as well, who strongly supports the merger proposal. Other Executive Board members also will speak at the meeting, but we hope most of the time will be taken up by questions and answers before you vote.
As soon as we get word that the final merger document is in hand, we will rush out a flier. The challenge, of course, is that we continue to work at our jobs while we wait for the lawyers to finish.
To vote, you must be a member in good standing, which means no more than 30 days in arrears. It does mean some people will have to pay several months of dues before they can vote, but we have repeatedly encouraged members not to fall behind to prevent just such events.