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    Guild reaches ‘common sense’ agreement on clean desk policy, addresses other issues

    The Guild held a Joint Standing Committee July 2 with Times Union management that covered a number of topics impacting every department. President Mandy Fries led the discussion held with Publisher George Hearst and other managers. Mandy was joined by Vice President Ken Crowe, Treasurer Jayson McKenna and Chief Steward Rob Gavin. Both sides continued to build on a history of reaching reasonable understanding. Return to work and clean desk policy The Times Union has tentative plans to bring about 30 people back to work in the main plant on Albany Shaker Road on Monday July 27. This is a tentative date. Managers of various departments will be the first…

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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 This is a non-precedential agreement due to the emergency circumstances.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…