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    Guild Newsletter: New Guild position created amid 2 layoffs, coronavirus precautions taken, and more

    A message from the President It’s with a heavy heart that I bring you the latest newsletter as it contains notice of the Company’s plans to lay off two part-time Guild employees who currently staff the reception desk in the Times Union lobby.  While I recognize the business decision behind this, it flies in the face of the Company’s continued efforts to boost its management ranks.  I also recognize how the Company’s actions continue to deplete employee morale and fuel uncertainty in a business already plagued with unknowns, and have expressed this strongly to management. While the Company has created one new Guild-protected position, it has elected to hire another…

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    Guild Newsletter: A call for Guild stewards, Promoting gender and cultural awareness, Congratulations to colleagues, and more

    A message from the President I first want to apologize for being woefully behind on regular newsletters. The last few months got away from all of us with holidays and even more changes at the Times Union, but I think we’ve started 2020 off on the right foot. The recent visit by international NewsGuild President Jon Schleuss has got me invigorated, and I hope it did the same for all of you. While both the international Guild as well as our local are in a time of flux, Jon brings a refreshing, positive perspective to unionizing in newsrooms across the country. With the latest announcement of changes in leadership in…

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    Membership Survey

    The Guild is launching a membership survey. Be sure to weigh in on what you would like to see in our contract, and issues that are most important to you. Responses will be taken through Dec. 31.

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    Guild members unanimously approve enhanced buyouts and health insurance change

    The members of Albany Newspaper Guild TNG-CWA Local 31034 showed their support for colleagues in the Times Union business office Wednesday during a special vote. The members voted 54-0 to approve a deal negotiated by the Guild with Times Union Publisher George Hearst for enhanced buyouts for members in the business office, whose jobs are being outsourced to Houston. The members also voted 53-0 to adopt a change in the dental provider under the overall health insurance package. “The turnout for the vote shows the Guild’s membership is involved and embracing the changes the Executive Board has promised,” President Amanda Fries said. The election turnout was 70 percent of eligible…

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    Special vote on health insurance and enhanced buyout for business office

    A special vote will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019 to approve a health insurance package for 2020 as well as an enhanced buyout for impacted employees in the business office. Earlier this month, the Company approached the Executive Board and business office employees about outsourcing the work done of five of the six employees in the office. Through negotiations an enhanced buyout package was reached to compensate the employees who have worked at the Times Union for many years. Guild members are very pleased the Company is offering a non-precedent setting buyout package removing the 62-week cap for dismissal pay to compensate the longtime employees, providing 12 months…