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    Guild Newsletter: A call for Guild stewards, Promoting gender and cultural awareness, Congratulations to colleagues, and more

    A message from the President I first want to apologize for being woefully behind on regular newsletters. The last few months got away from all of us with holidays and even more changes at the Times Union, but I think we’ve started 2020 off on the right foot. The recent visit by international NewsGuild President Jon Schleuss has got me invigorated, and I hope it did the same for all of you. While both the international Guild as well as our local are in a time of flux, Jon brings a refreshing, positive perspective to unionizing in newsrooms across the country. With the latest announcement of changes in leadership in…

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    Membership Survey

    The Guild is launching a membership survey. Be sure to weigh in on what you would like to see in our contract, and issues that are most important to you. Responses will be taken through Dec. 31.

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    Guild assists member with serious medical diagnosis, changes at the TU, and upcoming events

    A Message from the President I encourage each of you to read thoroughly the one-sheet that has come along with this month’s installment of the Guild newsletter. Many of you may have been asking yourselves, “what exactly does the Guild do for me?” and this one sheet helps shed some light on those benefits. And certainly, we’re looking to expand on those protections. As newsrooms across the country join the fight to unionize, we at the Times Union are lucky to have a solid foundation to work from. We work in an ever-shrinking industry that has been devastated by cuts across the board, but being union-protected allows each of us…

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    4 new Guild-represented positions coming to Times Union newsroom

    The Executive Board reached an agreement Tuesday with newsroom management to add four new positions with the Guild as the Times Union ramps up efforts to grow its digital audience. The four Guild positions will be funded through the Hearst Corporation, as part of the company’s initiative to expand digital subscribers across all its newspaper holdings. The initiative also includes the addition of one exempt employee at the Times Union as Director of Audience. “It’s great to see the Times Union further embrace a digitally-focused newsroom,” Guild President Amanda Fries said. “I’m excited to bring additional members into the Guild who will work to expand the Times Union’s digital presence…

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    Guild members unanimously approve enhanced buyouts and health insurance change

    The members of Albany Newspaper Guild TNG-CWA Local 31034 showed their support for colleagues in the Times Union business office Wednesday during a special vote. The members voted 54-0 to approve a deal negotiated by the Guild with Times Union Publisher George Hearst for enhanced buyouts for members in the business office, whose jobs are being outsourced to Houston. The members also voted 53-0 to adopt a change in the dental provider under the overall health insurance package. “The turnout for the vote shows the Guild’s membership is involved and embracing the changes the Executive Board has promised,” President Amanda Fries said. The election turnout was 70 percent of eligible…