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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 This is a non-precedential agreement due to the emergency circumstances.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…

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    Guild Newsletter: New Guild position created amid 2 layoffs, coronavirus precautions taken, and more

    A message from the President It’s with a heavy heart that I bring you the latest newsletter as it contains notice of the Company’s plans to lay off two part-time Guild employees who currently staff the reception desk in the Times Union lobby.  While I recognize the business decision behind this, it flies in the face of the Company’s continued efforts to boost its management ranks.  I also recognize how the Company’s actions continue to deplete employee morale and fuel uncertainty in a business already plagued with unknowns, and have expressed this strongly to management. While the Company has created one new Guild-protected position, it has elected to hire another…

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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.