Do you have questions about how coronavirus is impacting you at the Times Union?

Guild President Amanda Fries, Vice President Ken Crowe and Chief Steward Rob Gavin have met twice with Publisher George Hearst and Human Resources Director Ruth Fantasia to discuss the coronavirus pandemic and the Times Union.

There was a review of sick leave provisions and practices. Guild unit members can draw on accumulated sick time if they are out for an extended period of time due to the coronavirus. Provisions for using sick time to take care of family members remains in effect.

Ruth Fantasia is in contact with the insurance providers to obtain information on coverage related to coronavirus.

Discussion was also held regarding working remotely and steps taken to protect the health of those still working on site.

The Guild has assisted five unit members with coronavirus related questions regarding workplace situations.

If you have questions, please contact a Guild officer. Ken Crowe is serving as a point person on coronavirus issues for the Guild. Ken may be reached at 518-505-0610 or

The Guild is scheduled to meet again with the Company on Friday. Please let us know if you have any questions you wish us to raise.

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