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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…

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    Return to office plans take shape

    The Guild met with Times Union Publisher George Hearst Friday afternoon for nearly 80 minutes to discuss planning for the safe return to the Albany Shaker Road main offices. President Amanda Fries and Vice President Ken Crowe represented the Guild. The Hearst Corp. is developing plans for about 200 offices that the company runs. Nearly everyone is working at home. The Times Union provided information to corporate (The Tower) that includes the number of desks, number of work stations and square footage for the initial planning. It appears it will be about 50 days before there is a chance to reopen the office. When it happens it will be a…

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    Guild 📰: Working for equity on COVID-19 benefits

    A message from the President Now two months into the stay-at-home order, we’ve hopefully all adapted to the “new normal” particularly when it comes to continuing business. Specifically speaking, Zoom meetings! That’s right, your Executive Board has gone virtual just like the rest of ‘em, and we want to continue expanding our virtual footprint with all of our members. If you’re interested in tuning into our next board meeting, Thursday, May 14, be sure to reach out for the Zoom log-in. We’re also in the process of setting up Zoom calls that range from possible virtual game nights to small group meetings to discuss the benefits our union provides to…

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    Guild agrees to 5 extra days off in 2021

    The Albany Newspaper Guild has agreed that each Times Union worker will receive 5 additional days of time off in 2021 in addition to what’s guaranteed in our contract. The company wanted us to act immediately on this setting a deadline for the end of the day on Wednesday April 29, 2020. Full-time employees will receive the 5 days off. Part-time employees will receive prorated days off. Hearst CEO Steve Swartz said Tuesday the additional time off would be given next year across the corporation. We know how each of us is working under difficult and stressful circumstances during the coronavirus pandemic. Unfortunately, these additional days off aren’t available this…

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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…