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    Guild Approves Severance Plan, Ken Crowe Elected Local President

    The Albany Newspaper Guild membership unanimously ratified an enhanced severance plan at a special meeting held April 8, 2021 for circulation customer service workers whose jobs at the Times Union are being outsourced. There will be a minimum payment of 12 weeks of severance pay for unit members who have less than six years of service. Two long-term employees will receive an additional payment of six weeks of severance added to their contractual severance package. The weekly pay amount will be based on their their pay rate plus take into account, bonuses, overtime and other additional payments made over the previous 52 weeks. The unit members will also receive a…

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    Circulation Talks Update

    Friday, a Guild team met with company representatives to discuss the outsourcing of the circulation customer service representative jobs. The Times Union intends to send the work to a company with operations in different parts of the county but our work will go to Mexico. The company projects saving $300,000. The Guild representatives, Acting President Ken Crowe and Chief Steward Rob Gavin, listened to the company’s severance proposals. In response, the Guild agreed to most of the numbers with an increase in weeks of severance for two long serving employees. In addition, the Guild asked for a 2 percent pay raise for all pay classifications. Ken Crowe pointed out that…

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    Special Vaccine Time Off

    Under a new state law you are entitled to up to four hours off from work if you are getting the COVID-19 vaccination shot during the work day. You are entitled to this time off for each shot you get. This time off does not count against your sick time, vacation, makeup or personal days when you take it. Human Resources Director Ruth Fantasia confirmed during a meeting Friday March 26 that employees are entitled to this time off. Fantasia said managers have been notified about this special time off. If you run into any difficulties contact the Guild office at office@albanyguild.org or contact a member of the Executive Board…

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    Membership Meeting Called

    The Executive Board has called a special membership meeting for Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 6 p.m. to fill the office of local president and for any other business that may come before the membership. The April Executive Board meeting will immediately follow. Make sure your voice is heard on the selection of a new president of the Albany Newspaper Guild. Members will vote to fill the vacant post of local president and any other business that may come before the membership. The meeting will be held via ZOOM. Meeting information will be provided in an email to members by the Tuesday before the meeting. If you do not receive…

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    Guild gains 8 jobs; Company proposes special buyout

    Guild gains 8 jobs Local President Mandy Fries led her last meeting with the Company late Tuesday afternoon to discuss new jobs in the Editorial and Advertising departments. Mandy was joined by Vice President Ken Crowe and Local Secretary Massarah Mikati for the meeting with Publisher George Hearst and Human Resources Director Ruth Fantasia. The company will add five jobs in editorial and three jobs in advertising. The company had been looking at creating a separate digital product in eastern New York State. The Guild in consultation with the International had argued that this fell within our jurisdiction. The company has decided our hard work in developing the Times Union…