• news

    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…

  • news

    Two more Guild members take buyout, Company can’t yet provide clear picture on future

    The extended deadline for people to apply for buyouts yielded two additional members, but we’re not out of the woods yet. The Times Union notified the Guild on Thursday that two buyouts had been accepted by the Company, but couldn’t say when or how many employees may have to be laid off. We hope to know more early next week, but in the meantime, the Guild wants to work with members on tackling workplace issues and coming up with solutions that improve our work environment. A reduction in the workforce puts added stress on all of us, and all employees should have a seat at the table to discuss how…

  • news

    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…

  • news

    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…

  • news

    Guild secures extension on buyout deadline to delay and mitigate layoffs

    The Guild avoided layoffs Wednesday with an agreement between the Company and the Guild to give members additional time to consider applying for a buyout. During the afternoon negotiations working with the Company, it was agreed to extend the deadline for all Guild-eligible employees until 5 p.m., July 5. The agreement reached gives members the opportunity to consider and apply for buyouts before the Company pursues layoffs. The meeting of the parties was promoted after the Guild challenged the Company’s authority to circumvent provisions written in the contract, specifically not providing proper notification to the Guild. In part, the Executive Board argued: “In refusing to provide a 45-day notice to…