The Times Union laid off three employees in advertising art/marketing today.
The Guild immediately sought a meeting with the company to discuss the actions, which were taken abruptly and while most of the union leadership, including President Tim O’Brien, was on vacation.
“We are deeply disappointed by today’s actions especially in light of our earlier discussions about how much work is done in advertising art/marketing,” O’Brien said. “We had hoped we would have been given an opportunity to renew those discussions before the company acted.”
The union is examining whether the company’s action met its legal obligations in its handling of the layoffs. That will be part of the discussion when the union and company meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday. International Representative Jim Schaufenbil will join the Guild for that discussion.