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    Officers Elected

    Ty Stewart was elected vice president of the Albany Newspaper Guild and David Johnson was elected as an At-Large Member of the local Executive Board at the local’s annual membership meeting. Ty and Dave will serve the remaining 16 months in the 3-year terms of office for each of the two positions. Ty previously was an At-Large Executive Board member.  He takes on the responsibilities of what had been the vacant vice president position on the Executive Board. Dave was elected to fill the vacancy created when Ty became vice president. Get Vaccinated The membership voted unanimously to support all unit members getting vaccinated against COVID-19. A new executive order…

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    Update on Return to Building

    Remote Work to Continue The return to working in the building has been delayed. No return date has been set. That will depend on the developing COVID-19 situation Times Union management and the Guild leadership are monitoring the COVID-19 situation. The Guild requested a delay in the return Sunday night due to the rising COVID-19 infection rates in the Capital Region and nationally. After some discussions, management decided to put off the pending September and October return dates. The Company will give two weeks notice to employees before returning to the main plant. The Company is allowing hybrid work schedules. Should any issues or questions arise, please contact the Guild…

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    Covid-19 Update: Notify Company of Vaccination Status

    There is a week left to inform the Times Union whether you have been vaccinated against COVID-19. You are required to do this. The company sent out a notice earlier this week: “Between now and August 20, if you haven’t already done so, please provide proof of your vaccination status to our Human Resources office.” The company suggested taking a photo of your vaccination card and emailing it to Ruth Fantasia at rfantasia@timesunion.com or Marybeth Snyder at msnyder@timesunion.com in the Human Resources office. The information is to determine the vaccination rate at the Times Union as the return to office plans are determined. The Guild urges you to do this.…

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    Covid-19 Update: Return to Office Delayed — Get Vaccinated

    The Guild and the Times Union agreed Wednesday that the return to office schedule would be delayed as the Capital Region leads the state in COVID-19 infections. The new schedule calls for those who were to return on Aug. 16 to now go back on Sept. 7. Those who were to initially return on Sept. 7 will now go back on Oct. 4. This schedule may be changed again based on the COVID-19 infection rates. The Guild and the Times Union agreed to monitor the numbers as the Delta variant continues to be prevalent. You Must Get Vaccinated The Guild and the Times Union also discussed protecting our colleagues, families…

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    Return to Office Delayed by Week

    The Executive Board decided Sunday that given the increasing COVID-19 infection rates that a meeting should be held to seek a delay in the return to the office. Exposure to the Delta variant is too dangerous to be ignore. Local President Ken Crowe sent a letter Sunday to Publisher George Hearst and Human Resources Director Ruth Fantasia requesting a meeting. They asked for a delay to consult with corporate. On Wednesday, Crowe, Hearst and Fantasia met. It was agreed that the Aug. 9 return would be postponed until Aug. 16. This does not impact the September return planned for some. The company will send out an email announcing the one…