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    Buyout Approved

    The Albany Newspaper Guild membership unanimously approved a buyout agreement with the Times Union at a special meeting held Monday night, June 21, 2021. Executive Board Member Jeff Boyer will sign the agreement on behalf of the Guild Tuesday afternoon at the Times Union building.

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    Pay Raises

    On Friday, June 18, 2021 raises will be included in this week’s paychecks for members of the Albany Newspaper Guild unit. There will be retroactive pay back to the beginning of June. The raises are from a merit pay pool that Publisher George Hearst described in a recent all hands meeting. The Guild has taken the position that under the McClatchy Doctrine a merit pool distribution, as portrayed by the publisher, should be subject to negotiations between the Guild and Times Union management. The company disagrees citing the merit pay provisions of our contract. The Guild has not waived any of its rights to take future action on this issue.…

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    Buyout Vote

    Special Membership Meeting — Monday, June 21 at 6 p.m. on Zoom The Albany Newspaper Guild and the Times Union reached a tentative agreement for buyouts to be offered to unit members. The Albany Newspaper Guild Executive Board has called a Special Membership Meeting for 6 p.m. Monday, June 21, 2021 on Zoom to vote on a proposed Buyout Agreement. The Executive Board voted unanimously Wednesday night to recommend approval of the agreement. The company is seeking to cut staffing by 8 to 10 people across the newspaper. The company said staff reductions would be from the Guild membership and employees not represented by the Guild. The tentative agreement reached…

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    Buyout Update

    The Guild met with the company Friday afternoon to discuss a potential buyout. There is a question of if it will be offered in all departments or limited to Advertising and Marketing. The company had said initially it was to be companywide and the Guild is insisting on this.  The proposal follows previous buyouts: Minimum of 12 weeks pay with max of 62 weeks of pay. To be paid based on any differentials employee normally receives and a 52-week average of commissions beginning June 1, 2020. The Guild proposed using the highest week’s pay per contract for severance. Both sides will review and discuss. Last day of work will be July 17 with…

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    Buyout Talks

    The company has asked to meet Friday with the Guild to discuss buyouts. The Executive Board was informed earlier this week about the contact from the company and advised again at the June meeting Thursday night that the company wants to commence buyout discussions. Ken Crowe and Jeff Boyer will meet with Publisher George Hearst and Human Resources Executive Director Ruth Fantasia at the Times Union building Friday afternoon. Updates will follow.