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    Return to plant concerns? Let the Guild know.

    The Guild has heard from many members about concerns in going back into work inside at the main plant. We’ve also heard from people who are looking forward to getting back to their desk after leaving it behind in mid-March. Yes, it’s been a tough and challenging time for all of us as we’ve adapted to working at home. The Guild has held numerous meetings with the Company to discuss safety and various other matters that have arisen during the coronavirus pandemic. The Executive Board has worked with International Representative Melissa Nelson, a former Albany Guild president, to draft a proposal to provide for unit members who want the option…

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    Guild gets info on Health App

    The Guild has worked vigorously since the coronavirus pandemic struck to obtain information from the Times Union and to make suggestions in the spirit of cooperation and more importantly to protect everyone’s health. The Company will soon be issuing information about a Health APP to be used on smartphones for a daily check of everyone’s health when dealing with COVID-19. We feel it’s important that everyone see the Company’s response to our questions which were formatted with the assistance of our International Representative Melissa Nelson (who just happens to be a former Albany Guild president!) Key responses deal with discipline, health insurance and the option of completing a paper form.…

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    Company denies open, inclusive diversity committee process

    Times Union management has dismissed the Guild’s calls for an inclusive and transparent process in building a company constituted Diversity Committee. After learning managers were quietly picking individuals to serve on the Company’s Diversity Committee, the Albany Newspaper Guild sent a letter to Publisher George Hearst and Human Resources Director Ruth Fantasia requesting that the efforts for forming the committee be a joint labor-management effort. The pair responded by insinuating that the Guild was excluding other labor unions representing employees at the Times Union. “Diversity and Inclusion should not simply be a Guild-management or labor-management initiative,” Ruth and George wrote in the response. “In order to be successful, the work…

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    Guild Inspects Plant Cleaning

    Albany Newspaper Guild reps toured the main office on Albany Shaker Road Thursday with Dan Couto, vice president of operations, to see how the deep cleaning has gone to prepare for going back inside. Renee Bernard, Jeff Boyer and Ken Crowe formed the Guild team that did the hour-long walk through. Renee and Jeff have been working inside throughout the coronavirus pandemic. They had insights into the cleaning as they’ve observed as it occurred over the last several months. The company doesn’t have a firm date for when the first group of Guild-represented employees would return. It appears the earliest it might happen is after Labor Day for the Copy…

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    Guild Seeks Joint Committee Meeting on Major Issues

    President Mandy Fries sent Publisher George Hearst a request for a Joint Standing Committee meeting on several topics that could have a dramatic impact on all of us. We have provided George an agenda that will address issues brought forward by the Guild and the Company. Reaching tentative agreements may result in holding a membership vote. Clean Desk Policy The Company has proposed a Clean Desk Policy to make it easier to clean desks. The policy at first glance calls for draconian discipline if you forget and leave something from a piece of paper to a notebook or something else on your desk. It doesn’t address if you leave something…