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    Times Union wants to outsource business office and other Guild updates

    A message from the President I’d like to take the time to highlight the people truly behind the staffing and general operations at the Times Union. You probably already know, but it bears a special letter just for them – the Hearst Corporation.  They’re a special group of folks led by President and CEO Steve Swartz, who is also the vice-chairman of the Business Roundtable.  The Business Roundtable last month put out a statement redefining the purpose of corporations, in essence stating their commitment is no longer just to shareholders but to “all stakeholders.” Members of the chief executives group say it’s time to invest in their employees, support the…

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    Newsletter: Why pay dues, commission plan concerns, and upcoming Guild functions

    A message from the President The dust is still settling from the layoffs imposed by the Company earlier this month, but we’re keeping a watchful eye on where the work goes from the five people who were cut the week of July 15.  I know the latest cuts have left a sour taste in everyone’s mouths, especially with the error made on the part of the Company, but please remember that the Guild is here to fight for you. There are undoubted protections within our contract that we want to make sure you’re receiving, and the best way to do so is by contacting a board member and learning more…

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    Company reduces Guild workforce by 7% in recent round of layoffs, buyouts

    Five Guild jobs were cut by the Company on Wednesday. The layoffs were on top of five Guild members accepting buyouts that were negotiated by the Guild with the Company, marking a 7 percent reduction in the total Guild workforce. The Executive Board is working with the Company over concerns that reverse seniority was not followed, a guarantee outlined in our contract. While we stressed multiple times that the Company should be upfront with the Guild regarding what titles were being considered for layoffs so that we could avoid any issues with following the contract, the Company refused to be open with us. “As a Guild, we’re here to ensure…

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    Could a title change have put you at risk of being laid off?

    Has your title changed in recent years? Are you vulnerable to being laid off despite your years of service?  As we unfortunately learned from layoffs in 2009, the Company now lays off Guild-eligible employees by job title and not by department, which was previously the case through the Guild contract.  By shifting layoffs to job title rather than department, the seniority pools have shrunk, putting more people at risk to a layoff should the Company pursue such action.  Title changes over the years for Guild-eligible employees could have made you vulnerable to layoffs by putting you on a lone island with a new title. If you, or a coworker, has…

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    Extended buyout deadline, your right to a pension, and other Guild happenings

    To my wonderful, hardworking colleagues: It’s been quite the whirlwind since I was elected Guild president on June 13! Since then, the Guild has been working to regroup, strategize, connect with members and address issues that have been brought to our attention. To those I’ve met, it’s been such a pleasure chatting with you. To those I haven’t met, I hope to be doing so soon. We’ve also have had a few successes, as you’ll read later in this post. All of this is important to keep in mind as they’re the benefits and securities that are ensured through our contract and union. Although we’ve struggled to get a fair…