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    Guild members to vote Wednesday on contract mandated company buyout offer

    The Guild will present the company’s buyout offer for the consideration of its members on Wednesday, May 29 from noon–1 pm & from 5–6 pm in the executive conference room on the 2nd floor. A “yes” vote means that the offer can be considered by individual members. Under the terms of the current Guild contract, the company first make a buyout offer to workers who are willing to leave prior to pursuing any potential layoffs. The company’s offer calls for two weeks pay for every year of service with a minimum of 4 weeks pay and a maximum of up to 62 weeks. Years of service would be calculated as…

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    Company seeking buyouts to reduce staff

    The company informed the Guild on Monday that it seeks an unspecified reduction in staffing during the middle of 2019.  Under the terms of the current contract, that step requires the company first make a buyout offer to workers who are willing to leave prior to pursuing potential layoffs.

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    Company seeks to force Health Care Deductible increase over Guild objection

    For about a month now, the company and the Guild, along with the unions for the mailroom and the press, have been negotiating the 2019 health care package. The company initially proposed increasing the current out-of-pocket individual deductible, which has been $750 for several years, to $950 as part of coverage with our current carrier, MVP. This increase would be part of a package that would include a form of telephone medical “concierge” service aimed at dealing with routine health issues without the expenses associated with a doctor’s office visit. Under our current system, once the deductible is reached, expenses are then reimbursed through a company/Guild fund run by our…

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    Guild members approve company buyout offer

    Guild members approved an amended buyout offer today by a 31-1 tally. Members now have until 5 p.m. Nov. 12 to consider applying for this offer. Applying for the offer in no way obligates the person to accept, should the company offer it. Members who sign the buyout agreement will have seven days to rescind it without consequence. The company’s offer is two weeks pay for every year of service, with a maximum payment 62 weeks. Years of service would be calculated as of Nov. 1, 2018, and would not include fractional years. The minimum payment is be four weeks. Concurrent health care coverage would be capped at 52 weeks, even…