We all deserve merit raises

The time has come for all Times Union employees to get raises.

The day after President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address called on business leaders to do what they can to give their workers raises, Guild President Tim O’Brien quietly wrote to Publisher George Hearst asking him to heed the President’s call. The Guild would prefer a contract but proposed a merit raise for all that would not require either side to agree to any other changes.

Last week the Guild launched an effort to show Times Union employees agree: We have all earned a merit raise.

In just two days, a third of the membership went on the Guild website and clicked to send the message they too want a merit raise for all.

Please go to to add your voice. We all merit a raise!

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