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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…

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    With little notice, Company plans to layoff 8 Guild members, other staff

    The Times Union has chosen to ignore a 45-day window for notifying the Albany Newspaper Guild about layoffs and informed board members Tuesday they will dismiss eight Guild employees beginning Wednesday, June 26. Executive Board members urged the Company to consider offering another round of buyouts since the Guild was not informed in writing that layoffs would ensue if there weren’t enough buyouts, but the Company has refused, instead invoking their ability to provide 45 days pay to those who are laid off rather than allow the Guild to attempt to mitigate the need for layoffs through alternative measures. Previously the Company did not provide a head-count or dollar figure…

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    Amanda Fries elected Guild President. Ken Crowe and Ty Stewart also join the board.

    Following the departure of the Guild’s president Brian Nearing, members elected Amanda Fries as the union local’s new President, Ken Crowe as Vice President, and Ty Stewart as board member at-large on the Guild’s Executive Board. The three elected to the posts will fill the remainder of the terms—all of which end this year—ahead of a full Executive Board election in September. The election fills vacancies left by the departures of board members Nearing and Jennifer Rodd. Fries previously was Vice President for the board, elected to the post in 2017. She is the Albany County and city of Albany reporter at the Times Union. “I look forward to mobilizing…

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    Guild members approve company buyout offer

    On Wednesday, Guild members voted 26-0 to have the company’s buyout offer put on the table for the consideration of individual members. This vote is a mandated provision of our contract, in which the company must first pursue buyouts before considering potential layoffs, which must be done in reverse seniority order (first in, last out) in each job title. The company’s offer calls for two weeks pay for every year of service with a minimum of 4 weeks pay and a maximum of up to 62 weeks. Years of service would be calculated as of May 1, 2019 and would not include fractional years. Concurrent health care coverage would be…