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    Back to the office? Not quite yet

    The company doesn’t have a date for returning to the office after leaving in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the week of June 22 has tentatively been set for us to go inside the plant in small groups to collect items from our desks. Guild President Mandy Fries, Treasurer Jayson McKenna and Vice President Ken Crowe held a telephone conference call Tuesday, June 9 with Publisher George Hearst, Human Resources Director Ruth Fantasia and Operations vice President Dan Couto to discuss the status of moving back in. Dan said there’s no set date. George also emphasized that. Plans still call for a four-phase move in. Some of our…

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    Another $350 available for TU employees working outside the home

    Have you had to work outside your home? Have you had to work at the Times Union’s main office during stay-at-home orders? The Company informed the Albany Newspaper Guild on Tuesday that they intend to provide another round of $350 lump sum payments, which management is referring to as a “bonus,” for those who have had to work outside the home April 15, 2020 through June 9, 2020. Those who received payments during the first iteration of this, which was described as a “one-time payment” by the Company previously, will also be eligible for this second round. The Guild wants to make sure all employees who have worked outside the…

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    Paid parental leave, fighting for the industry and continuing to work for our members

    A Message from the President: Just because we may be apart, doesn’t mean the Guild isn’t working for you.  During these unprecedented times, your Executive Board has been in constant dialogue with Times Union management to ensure workers are protected as we navigate life amid the coronavirus.  While many other news outlets across the country have announced furloughs and layoffs, Times Union management and the Hearst Corporation have indicated employees’ jobs are safe and have expanded protections to workers as the Guild comes forward with various concerns. I’m happy to say these dialogues are cordial and productive, and I’m truly thankful for the support the Company has given employees. You…

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    Guild agrees on 26 weeks of sick leave for those infected with coronavirus; extension of telemedicine program to all employees

    The Guild has met four times with the Company to discuss the coronavirus pandemic and its impact at the Times Union. Friday, March 20, the Guild and the Company reached agreement on 26 weeks of sick leave for unit members who contract coronavirus and are out.   The Guild also agreed to the extension of the telemedicine program benefit, the United Concierge Medicine service, to all employees. This will occur through the end of June and then will be re-evaluated for extension of the coverage. This is a non-precedential agreement due to the emergency circumstances. President Amanda Fries and Vice President Ken Crowe met with Publisher George Hearst, Associate Publisher Pat…

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    Do you have questions about how coronavirus is impacting you at the Times Union?

    Guild President Amanda Fries, Vice President Ken Crowe and Chief Steward Rob Gavin have met twice with Publisher George Hearst and Human Resources Director Ruth Fantasia to discuss the coronavirus pandemic and the Times Union. There was a review of sick leave provisions and practices. Guild unit members can draw on accumulated sick time if they are out for an extended period of time due to the coronavirus. Provisions for using sick time to take care of family members remains in effect. Ruth Fantasia is in contact with the insurance providers to obtain information on coverage related to coronavirus. Discussion was also held regarding working remotely and steps taken to…