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    Guild agrees to 5 extra days off in 2021

    The Albany Newspaper Guild has agreed that each Times Union worker will receive 5 additional days of time off in 2021 in addition to what’s guaranteed in our contract. The company wanted us to act immediately on this setting a deadline for the end of the day on Wednesday April 29, 2020. Full-time employees will receive the 5 days off. Part-time employees will receive prorated days off. Hearst CEO Steve Swartz said Tuesday the additional time off would be given next year across the corporation. We know how each of us is working under difficult and stressful circumstances during the coronavirus pandemic. Unfortunately, these additional days off aren’t available this…

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    Paid parental leave, fighting for the industry and continuing to work for our members

    A Message from the President: Just because we may be apart, doesn’t mean the Guild isn’t working for you.  During these unprecedented times, your Executive Board has been in constant dialogue with Times Union management to ensure workers are protected as we navigate life amid the coronavirus.  While many other news outlets across the country have announced furloughs and layoffs, Times Union management and the Hearst Corporation have indicated employees’ jobs are safe and have expanded protections to workers as the Guild comes forward with various concerns. I’m happy to say these dialogues are cordial and productive, and I’m truly thankful for the support the Company has given employees. You…

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    Guild agrees on 26 weeks of sick leave for those infected with coronavirus; extension of telemedicine program to all employees

    The Guild has met four times with the Company to discuss the coronavirus pandemic and its impact at the Times Union. Friday, March 20, the Guild and the Company reached agreement on 26 weeks of sick leave for unit members who contract coronavirus and are out.   The Guild also agreed to the extension of the telemedicine program benefit, the United Concierge Medicine service, to all employees. This will occur through the end of June and then will be re-evaluated for extension of the coverage. This is a non-precedential agreement due to the emergency circumstances. President Amanda Fries and Vice President Ken Crowe met with Publisher George Hearst, Associate Publisher Pat…

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    Do you have questions about how coronavirus is impacting you at the Times Union?

    Guild President Amanda Fries, Vice President Ken Crowe and Chief Steward Rob Gavin have met twice with Publisher George Hearst and Human Resources Director Ruth Fantasia to discuss the coronavirus pandemic and the Times Union. There was a review of sick leave provisions and practices. Guild unit members can draw on accumulated sick time if they are out for an extended period of time due to the coronavirus. Provisions for using sick time to take care of family members remains in effect. Ruth Fantasia is in contact with the insurance providers to obtain information on coverage related to coronavirus. Discussion was also held regarding working remotely and steps taken to…

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    Guild Newsletter: New Guild position created amid 2 layoffs, coronavirus precautions taken, and more

    A message from the President It’s with a heavy heart that I bring you the latest newsletter as it contains notice of the Company’s plans to lay off two part-time Guild employees who currently staff the reception desk in the Times Union lobby.  While I recognize the business decision behind this, it flies in the face of the Company’s continued efforts to boost its management ranks.  I also recognize how the Company’s actions continue to deplete employee morale and fuel uncertainty in a business already plagued with unknowns, and have expressed this strongly to management. While the Company has created one new Guild-protected position, it has elected to hire another…