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    Guild and Times Union See Progress

    Bargaining Bulletin #5: The Albany Newspaper Guild and the Times Union reached verbal tentative agreements on nine contract sections Thursday as bargaining for a new contract continued. The sections include Non-Discrimination, Disputes Adjustment, Strike and Lockout, Military Service, Outside Activity, Experience Credit, No Pay Cuts, Bulletin Boards, and Individual Increases. The Guild negotiating team of President Ken Crowe, Vice President Ty Stewart, and Steward Wendy Liberatore said the agreements and the discussions on other topics showed that the Guild and Times Union teams are making progress. The Company presented counter-proposals to those made by the Guild on short-term and long-disability insurance and vacation time, Extensive talks were held about the…

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    Guild and Times Union Review Proposal

    Bargaining Bulletin #4: The Albany Newspaper Guild and the Times Union bargaining teams met Wednesday for the second time in the newest round of contract negotiations. The Guild team asked questions in a section-by-section review of the company’s contract proposal.  This was done in order to understand the company’s stance on its proposals. The Guild and Times Union negotiating teams return to the bargaining table Thursday morning.

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    Guild Begins Bargaining for New Contract

    Bargaining Bulletin #3: The Albany Newspaper Guild and the Times Union opened negotiations for a new contract Wednesday at the newspaper’s offices in Colonie. The Guild was represented by President Ken Crowe, Vice President Ty Stewart and Shop Steward Wendy Liberatore. Sitting across the table representing the Company were Ruth Fantasia, executive Human Resources director; Dan Couto, vice president of operations and integrated services; and Melinda Jermison, human resources business partner. Both sides offered comprehensive proposals and agreed to issue a joint statement. The Company has sent the statement to your Times Union email. The statement is included below. Ken Crowe started the bargaining by reading an opening statement. Ken…

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    Guild Begins Bargaining June 8th

    Bargaining Bulletin #2: We start talks with the Times Union for a new contract on Wednesday June 8th. The Albany Newspaper Guild’s Executive Board will serve as the bargaining committee and has added other Guild members to the committee. The Executive Board promised when it took office that a new collective bargaining agreement would be negotiated. The pandemic delayed negotiations. When talks begin Wednesday, President Ken Crowe will be joined by Vice President Ty Stewart and Steward Wendy Liberatore at the bargaining table.  Other Executive Board members will be at the table as needed. The Executive Board has used the results of membership surveys to pull together a proposed contract. The…

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    LaPoint Elected Treasurer

    Theresa LaPoint of the Times Union advertising department was elected treasurer of the Albany Newspaper Guild at a membership meeting held on April 14. Theresa is a veteran Guild leader having previously served as the local’s treasurer. Theresa is experienced, compassionate, and insightful regarding issues that impact all Guild unit members. Theresa strengthens our Executive Board as the local heads into contract negotiations with the Times Union. Theresa’s term of office runs through the end of the year. She succeeds Jayson McKenna who recently left the Times Union to take on a new position.