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    Don’t forget this Tuesday, Sept. 25 is the annual membership meeting!

    The Newspaper Guild of Albany will hold a membership meeting at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the BVMC Church Hall across the street at 250 Old Maxwell Rd. All seven seats on the Executive Board are up for election. The terms are for three years. The positions require attendance at the monthly Executive Board meeting, held at 6 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. Board members develop bargaining proposals, make decisions on health care and other proposals, and decide on any grievances or other issues that arise.  Also, this will be an opportunity for members to raise any issues or concerns, and to hear about any potential new…

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    Times Union wants to outsource business office and other Guild updates

    A message from the President I’d like to take the time to highlight the people truly behind the staffing and general operations at the Times Union. You probably already know, but it bears a special letter just for them – the Hearst Corporation.  They’re a special group of folks led by President and CEO Steve Swartz, who is also the vice-chairman of the Business Roundtable.  The Business Roundtable last month put out a statement redefining the purpose of corporations, in essence stating their commitment is no longer just to shareholders but to “all stakeholders.” Members of the chief executives group say it’s time to invest in their employees, support the…

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    Newsletter: Why pay dues, commission plan concerns, and upcoming Guild functions

    A message from the President The dust is still settling from the layoffs imposed by the Company earlier this month, but we’re keeping a watchful eye on where the work goes from the five people who were cut the week of July 15.  I know the latest cuts have left a sour taste in everyone’s mouths, especially with the error made on the part of the Company, but please remember that the Guild is here to fight for you. There are undoubted protections within our contract that we want to make sure you’re receiving, and the best way to do so is by contacting a board member and learning more…

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    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…

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    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…