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    Guild membership elects board secretary, approves special buyout

    Guild membership unanimously elected Massarah Mikati as Executive Board secretary during the Albany Newspaper Guild’s annual membership meeting Thursday. Massarah, who covers new Americans and the suburbs of Colonie at the Times Union, will fill the vacant board seat of secretary left earlier this year when a Guild member was promoted to an exempt, editor position. Massarah has served as a Guild steward in recent months and led the Guild’s dialogue on diversity and inclusion. She is a member of the Guild’s Diversity Committee as well as the Company designated committee. Guild members also approved a special buyout package that has been offered to specific employees at the Times Union.…

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    Guild members to vote on Board secretary, special limited buyout proposal

    Make sure your voice is heard on the selection of a new secretary to the Albany Newspaper Guild executive board.  Members will vote to fill the vacant post of local secretary as well as weigh in on a limited special buyout package during the local’s annual membership meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 17. The meeting will be held via ZOOM. Meeting information will be provided in a separate email. If you do not receive the information, contact the Guild office at office@albanyguild.org. LOCAL SECRETARY ELECTION Due to the promotion of a Guild member to an exempt management position, the Guild must fill the vacant post of local secretary. The…

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    Year in Review: Guild unites to protect members; leads on remote work policy, COVID-19 safety

    Dear fellow Guild colleagues, As we gear up for our annual membership meeting in September, I wanted to take this opportunity to share with all of you some of the successes the Albany Newspaper Guild has seen in the last year. It has been, undoubtedly, a trying year for all of us at the Times Union, but the Guild has been working hard to protect you and your fellow colleagues every step of the way. Whether that is ensuring management follows our contract, accompanying employees during disciplinary discussions or negotiating additional workplace protections amid a pandemic, the Guild has remained dedicated to protecting you. The successes outlined below give you…

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    Mark your calendars: Vote for Guild board secretary Sept. 17

    The Newspaper Guild of Albany, Local 31034, TNG-CWA will hold its annual membership meeting via ZOOM at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 17. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, in order to protect the membership’s health, the Executive Board voted unanimously at its Aug. 12 meeting to conduct the annual membership meeting virtually. The information to log in to the Zoom meeting will be provided to the membership before the meeting. The position of local secretary is vacant and is up for election for the remaining time of the three-year term of office. The person elected secretary will take office immediately. The position requires attendance at the monthly Executive Board meeting, typically…

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    Company announces employees to begin returning to office Aug. 17

    Keep Aug. 17th in mind. That’s when Group A consisting of 30 people will return to work inside the Times Union building, according to a presentation by Publisher George Hearst, Operations VP Dan Couto and Human Resources Director Ruth Fantasia Monday. The Guild has been met with the Company on a regular basis since March when nearly all of us began working at home. Most of the information you had advance notice of through our earlier postings. The key items to keep in mind are that George Hearst said the Company will put the needs of the employees first. If you have a pre-existing health condition, family issues or other…