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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…

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    Members elect new Executive Board to lead Guild

    At the annual meeting of the Albany Newspaper Guild held Tuesday, Sept. 24, the following people were nominated and elected by members to serve three-year terms on the executive board: Amanda Fries, President Ken Crowe II, Vice President Jayson McKenna, Treasurer Lauren Stanforth, Secretary Robert Gavin, Chief Steward Jeff Boyer, At-large member Ty Stewart, At-large member Also at the meeting, the president discussed other issues currently facing the Guild, including the negotiations involving Hearst’s stated intention to eliminate Guild staff in the business office, as well as the Guild’s future plans to conduct more outreach among its membership. The membership also voted on allocating $5,000 for the mobilization committee. The…

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    Two more Guild members take buyout, Company can’t yet provide clear picture on future

    The extended deadline for people to apply for buyouts yielded two additional members, but we’re not out of the woods yet. The Times Union notified the Guild on Thursday that two buyouts had been accepted by the Company, but couldn’t say when or how many employees may have to be laid off. We hope to know more early next week, but in the meantime, the Guild wants to work with members on tackling workplace issues and coming up with solutions that improve our work environment. A reduction in the workforce puts added stress on all of us, and all employees should have a seat at the table to discuss how…

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    Guild secures extension on buyout deadline to delay and mitigate layoffs

    The Guild avoided layoffs Wednesday with an agreement between the Company and the Guild to give members additional time to consider applying for a buyout. During the afternoon negotiations working with the Company, it was agreed to extend the deadline for all Guild-eligible employees until 5 p.m., July 5. The agreement reached gives members the opportunity to consider and apply for buyouts before the Company pursues layoffs. The meeting of the parties was promoted after the Guild challenged the Company’s authority to circumvent provisions written in the contract, specifically not providing proper notification to the Guild. In part, the Executive Board argued: “In refusing to provide a 45-day notice to…