The Guild has agreed to a Times Union plan to pay some members of our bargaining unit a 1 percent bonus in the Jan. 29, 2021 paycheck.
The bonus payment is similar to one made in 2020. There will be a minimum payment of at least $350.
The qualifications set by the company to receive the bonus payrment are you must be hired before October 1, 2020, you must have worked at least 1,000 hours in 2020, you must still be working at the company and you must not be on any sort of commission/bonus plan.
President Mandy Fries responded to the company to say Guild would not bar our bargaining unit members from receiving the bonus payment.
“However, notwithstanding this agreement, the Albany Newspaper Guild is not waiving its representational rights nor its legal right to bargain over the terms and criteria of the Hearst Bonus Plan,” Mandy stated in closing.
The Guild’s Executive Board discussed this bonus at its monthly meeting. The Guild remains committed to securing our first pay raise since Aug. 1, 2007 and is working to obtain a raise for all unit members.
The stewards will be checking in with everyone in the weeks ahead. Please let us know your thoughts.
Yours in Solidarity.