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    Guild gains 8 jobs; Company proposes special buyout

    Guild gains 8 jobs Local President Mandy Fries led her last meeting with the Company late Tuesday afternoon to discuss new jobs in the Editorial and Advertising departments. Mandy was joined by Vice President Ken Crowe and Local Secretary Massarah Mikati for the meeting with Publisher George Hearst and Human Resources Director Ruth Fantasia. The company will add five jobs in editorial and three jobs in advertising. The company had been looking at creating a separate digital product in eastern New York State. The Guild in consultation with the International had argued that this fell within our jurisdiction. The company has decided our hard work in developing the Times Union…

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    Guild President bids farewell

    My fellow colleagues, It’s with mixed emotions I write to inform you I’ll be leaving the Times Union to take a reporting position closer to home. I know my departure comes at a critical time for the Albany Guild, and my decision was not made lightly, but I hope you will carry on the good work we’ve been doing in my absence. We have built momentum even during a pandemic, and the myriad efforts we have going will continue after my departure. My fellow Executive Board members as well as the stewards are fully committed to seeing through several of the efforts that remain ongoing, including a remote work policy;…

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    Diversity Committee demand prompts quick response from Times Union execs

    The quick action and mobilization by the Albany Newspaper Guild Diversity Committee last week prompted Times Union management to issue a public response following outcry over the company’s Black History Month ad solicitation strategy. Hours after the Guild went public Wednesday, demanding the company issue a sincere, public apology and offering several recommendations the company could consider to help repair the relationship between the news outlet and the Black community, Times Union Publisher George Hearst issued a statement apologizing for how the solicitation was received by some community members and indicated that proceeds from the special Feb. 21 edition of the paper will be donated to nonprofits that are active…

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    Diversity Committee condemns TU Black History Month ad strategy; calls for public apology

    The Albany Newspaper Guild Diversity Committee has called on Times Union management to immediately issue a public and sincere apology following public outcry over the newspaper’s ad solicitation strategy for Black History Month.  Members of the Capital Region on Friday, Feb. 5, received an email from the newspaper’s advertising department about the planned Black History Month special section, offering advertising space in the section ranging in price from $875 to over $3,000.  This email was received by many Black members of our community, who found it offensive and racist. The community criticized the Times Union for exploiting Black History Month to make a profit, and for charging Black business owners…

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    Guild reaches voluntary buyout deal

    The Albany Newspaper Guild and the Times Union agreed Monday to a voluntary buyout that will be open to all members of the bargaining unit. The local Executive Board unanimously approved the tentative agreement and has recommended approval at a special membership meeting on Zoom called for 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. Look for a separate email with the Zoom meeting information to be sent out Tuesday. The buyout offer also is being reviewed by the international NewsGuild board. The terms call for a minimum of 13 weeks pay and a maximum of 62 weeks pay based upon years of service. It also includes health insurance coverage for the same…