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    Bargaining Bulletin No. 1

    On Wednesday, March 23, 2022, our local leadership delivered letters to Times Union management notifying the company that it was time to bargain a new contract. It’s called a “demand to bargain.” The local Executive Board decided at the March meeting that the letter would be filed by March 31. The Guild’s and the Times Union’s leaderships have been discussing bargaining. The letter references this and asks the company for dates it is available to start contract talks. “Consistent with our prior discussions, with this letter the Albany Newspaper Guild is initiating a demand to bargain a contract agreement,” the notice states. It’s time to reach a new contract between…

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    Severance Packages Approved

    At a membership meeting held Monday night on Zoom, the Albany Newspaper Guild unanimously approved two enhanced severance packages. One package covers the Advertising Art sub-department, while the other package is for other departments. The NewsGuild-Communications Workers of America Contracts Committee gave its support for the enhanced severance. The local’s Executive Board approved the enhanced severance at its January 2022 meeting and set the membership meeting.

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    Membership Updates

    Bonus Payment The Local’s Executive Board has approved at its December meeting a one-time bonus payment by the Times Union to Guild-represented employees who aren’t paid commissions. The company said the bonus most likely will be 1 percent of annual salary (that’s $500 if you earn $50,000). This is similar to what occurred in 2020. Severance Vote The membership at a special meeting Dec. 9, 2021 approved a special severance package for unit members who are not vaccinated. They will receive up to 8 weeks pay, the equivalent amount of health insurance in coverage or cash and can apply for unemployment. Christmas and New Year’s Day Just a reminder that…

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    Officers Elected

    Ty Stewart was elected vice president of the Albany Newspaper Guild and David Johnson was elected as an At-Large Member of the local Executive Board at the local’s annual membership meeting. Ty and Dave will serve the remaining 16 months in the 3-year terms of office for each of the two positions. Ty previously was an At-Large Executive Board member.  He takes on the responsibilities of what had been the vacant vice president position on the Executive Board. Dave was elected to fill the vacancy created when Ty became vice president. Get Vaccinated The membership voted unanimously to support all unit members getting vaccinated against COVID-19. A new executive order…

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    Update on Return to Building

    Remote Work to Continue The return to working in the building has been delayed. No return date has been set. That will depend on the developing COVID-19 situation Times Union management and the Guild leadership are monitoring the COVID-19 situation. The Guild requested a delay in the return Sunday night due to the rising COVID-19 infection rates in the Capital Region and nationally. After some discussions, management decided to put off the pending September and October return dates. The Company will give two weeks notice to employees before returning to the main plant. The Company is allowing hybrid work schedules. Should any issues or questions arise, please contact the Guild…