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    Labor leaders from Boston Globe, others talk union efforts this Thursday

    Reporters and labor organizers from the Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News and the Billings Gazette will share their stories on bringing coworkers together to form a union and rally support for worker rights this Thursday. The Albany Newspaper Guild will host a special Executive Board meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11, with labor leaders from three newspapers at various stages of organizing, giving all of us the opportunity to pick their brains on how to build momentum and land a new contract. Come with your questions and your enthusiasm. This is an opportunity for members to learn more about the benefits of our union and how you can help…

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    Time Off Advisory

    Members are asking questions about taking vacation and the five bonus personal days for this year. 2020-21 Vacation You have until April 15 to use any remaining vacation time from last year. Our vacation period runs from April 15 through April 14. If you don’t use it, you lose it. Many members have not taken their vacation saying they had nowhere to go. PLEASE take your vacation if you have not done so. You have until April 14 to take it. US Personal 2020 The Hearst Corp. proposed five additional personal days for anyone who met the criteria and was on the payroll as of Dec. 31, 2020. The Guild agreed…

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    Bonus Payment

    The Guild has agreed to a Times Union plan to pay some members of our bargaining unit a 1 percent bonus in the Jan. 29, 2021 paycheck. The bonus payment is similar to one made in 2020. There will be a minimum payment of at least $350. The qualifications set by the company to receive the bonus payrment are you must be hired before October 1, 2020, you must have worked at least 1,000 hours in 2020, you must still be working at the company and you must not be on any sort of commission/bonus plan. President Mandy Fries responded to the company to say Guild would not bar our…

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    Guild President Tim O’Brien bids farewell

    Dear Colleagues: It’s with strong emotions I write to let you know that I am leaving the Times Union, and my role as your Guild president, for a new job as a public information officer for the state Department of Motor Vehicles and the Governor’s Task Force on Traffic Safety. While I am excited about this new opportunity, I will deeply miss so many friends I have made here as well as the work I have enjoyed so much. I will also miss being your president. I have held the office for more than 17 years, the longest tenure in our local’s history. It has enabled me to get to…

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    Committee recommends how to use Marv Cermak bequest

    Members are invited to an Executive Board meeting at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16, at the Colonie Public Library to discuss the proposal. The Guild established a committee to discuss and recommend what to do with the $50,000 bequest the union has received from longtime reporter Marv Cermak. Here is the recommendation in the committee’s own words: “After much discussion, all seven members agreed that offering a Guild award yearly to two outstanding Times Union employees (who are also Guild members in good standing) is the best suggestion we can offer for the funds. The Cermak Award, consisting of $1,000, would be awarded to one Guild member in Editorial and…