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January 2019

Membership Drive

January 23, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Labor Temple, 890 3rd St.
Albany, NY 12206 United States
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Join your colleagues to help in a phone drive to reach out to other Times Union staffers with a short survey. We’ll be having pizza and soft drinks while we make calls from our 2nd floor office at the Labor Temple. Bring your cell phone!

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July 2019

Join TU Employees past and present, this Tuesday at the Warehouse Grill

July 2, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Warehouse Grill & BBQ, 219 Wolf Rd.
Albany, 12205 United States
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Hey Newsie Guild members! Former TU employees want to show their support as we go through a tumultuous time at the Times Union. Be sure to mark your calendars and pop in for a drink, snack and a bit of camaraderie Tuesday at the Warehouse Grill on Wolf Road (so close to the TU you can walk there if you want)!

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August 2019

Extra! Extra! Guild seeing Newsies

August 24, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Park Playhouse

Come see Newsies in Albany and show Guild support. Over 100 years ago, youth who sold newspapers on the streets of New York City led a strike against Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst's newspapers seeking fair wages for their work. Sound familiar? Newsies is loosely based on that 1899 strike of the newsboys who take to the streets after Pulitzer and Hearst raise distribution prices, and is a story many of us at the Times Union - a Hearst-owned paper - can identify with. What better way to rally our troops than a night out in Albany to see the show and support the Guild? We have a number of tickets available to see the musical at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Albany Park Playhouse. This is a fun, family-friendly opportunity to get to know your colleagues, take the family out for an evening show, and show our solidarity. All are welcome to attend. Those interested in tickets should contact Guild President Amanda Fries at amanda@albanyguild.org. Priority will be given to those in good standing. To learn more about the show, visit the Park Playhouse website.

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September 2019

Guild Picnic

September 15, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Six Mile Waterworks Park, 135 Fuller Road
Albany, NY 12205 United States
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Join the Albany Newspaper Guild for its annual picnic at Six Mile Waterworks Park in Albany! What: Albany Newspaper Guild Annual Picnic When: Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019 Time: 12–4 p.m. Where: Six Mile Waterworks Park, 135 Fuller Road, Albany (it's the park off the first roundabout on Fuller Road when heading toward SUNYPolytechnic Institute) We'll have all-beef hot dogs, hamburgers, black bean veggie burgers, peach glazed BBQ chicken, mac n' cheese, salads and more, thanks to Birch Hill Catering. This is a free event sponsored by the Guild, and a way for us all to get together and enjoy an afternoon of food and yard games as we wrap up the summer! This is a family-friendly event. There is a playground on site as well as walking trails at the park, and we'll have coloring books and other things to keep the kids occupied. Please RSVP below by Wednesday, Sept. 11 with how many will be attending so we can accommodate for food. Guild-eligible members (both those in good standing, and those who aren't) as well as Guild alumni are welcome to attend!

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Annual Membership Meeting & Election of All Guild Officers

September 24, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
BVMC Church Hall, 250 Old Maxwell Rd
Albany, NY 12110
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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 approaches toward reaching a new contract.   Election Information: The positions are President, Treasurer, Secretary, Chief Steward, Vice President, and two Board Members At-Large. The terms will run through December 31, 2022.  Members must be in good standing to run for office and to attend the nomination meeting. If you want to check your standing, email the Guild office at office@albanyguild.org. If there is only one nomination for any office, and the person accepts nomination, the person will be elected at the meeting. If there is more than one candidate for any office, a Local Elections Committee will be appointed and a mail-in ballot election will be held.  Nominations for any office may be from the floor, by petition. Petitions may be for an individual candidate in which the name of the candidate, his/her Local unit (if applicable), and department worked listed. Such petitions must also contain the names of at least 25 members. Individuals signing a petition must be members in good standing. These petitions must be filed with the local Secretary at the membership meeting. The secretary shall notify all candidates of their nomination and shall receive from them a written notice of their willingness to serve.

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November 2019

Breakfast on the Guild! (and Dinner for the late crew)

November 20, 2019
Times Union Cafeteria

Start your workday with coffee, bagels and pastries with breakfast on the Albany Newspaper Guild.  Where:Times Union Cafeteria (2nd floor) Time: 9–10:30 a.m. Date: Wednesday, Nov. 20 Be sure to bring your Guild mug to fill up with your favorite breakfast beverage!  A light spread from Moe’s will be offered in the Times Union newsroom for Guild-represented employees working evening shift from 6:30–8 p.m. Wednesday.

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December 2019

Annual Guild Holiday Party at Warehouse Grill & BBQ

December 6, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Warehouse Grill & BBQ, 219 Wolf Rd.
Albany, 12205 United States
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Time:  5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Date:  Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 Place:  219 Wolf Road, Albany, 12205 You could win a $25 gift card when you attend the Guild’s holiday party on Friday! Attendees will be entered into a raffle to win one of four gift cards. An assortment of finger foods will be available and your first round of drinks will be on the Guild. Come celebrate the holidays with your colleagues and learn more about what the union is doing!

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January 2020

Meet our new International NewsGuild president Jon Schleuss

January 21 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Times Union Cafeteria,

Our parent union, The NewsGuild — a sector of Communications Workers of America — has a new leader. Jon Schleuss, who previously worked at The L.A. Times and helped unionize the newsroom and land their first contract, was elected as NewsGuild president in December. Jon brings a breath of fresh air to the guild, and wants to meet members of the Albany Newspaper Guild as we aim to move the needle here at the Times Union.  Where: Times Union Cafeteria Date: Tuesday, Jan. 21 Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Come meet Jon and learn more about the direction of our parent union and what that means for us! The Guild will have pizza and snacks to offer members in the Times Union cafeteria. Learn more about the international guild at newsguild.org

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September 2020

Monthly Executive Board Meeting

September 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom NY

Our monthly Executive Board meetings currently takes place every 2nd Thursday of the month at 6pm over Zoom. As always, these meetings are open to the membership. If you'd like to participate, email us at office@albanyguild.org before the start of the meeting and we'll send you the Zoom link.

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Guild Annual Membership Meeting and Special Election

September 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom NY

Make sure your voice is heard on the selection of a new secretary to the Albany Newspaper Guild executive board.  Members will vote to fill the vacant post of local secretary as well as weigh in on a limited special buyout package during the local’s annual membership meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 17. The meeting will be held via ZOOM. Meeting information will be provided in an email. If you do not receive the information, contact the Guild office at office@albanyguild.org. LOCAL SECRETARY ELECTION Due to the promotion of a Guild member to an exempt management position, the Guild must fill the vacant post of local secretary. The member elected to this post will serve the remaining two years of the three-year term of office and participate in Executive Board meetings and other activities supporting the local’s mission to represent our unit members. Election Information: The open position is Secretary. The term will run through December 31, 2022. Members must be in good standing to run for office and to attend the nomination meeting. If you want to check your standing, email the Guild office at office@albanyguild.org. If there is only one nomination for any office, and the person accepts nomination, the person will be elected at the meeting. If there is more than one candidate for any office, a Local Elections Committee appointed by the Executive Board will conduct a mail-in ballot election. Nominations for the office may be from the floor, by petition. Petitions may be for an individual candidate in which the name of the candidate, his/her Local unit (if applicable), and department worked listed. Such petitions must also contain the names of at least 25 members. Individuals signing a petition must be members in good standing. These petitions must be filed with the local officer designated as acting secretary due to the permanent secretary post being vacant before the election at the membership meeting. The acting secretary shall notify all candidates of their nomination and shall receive from them a written notice of their willingness to serve. SPECIAL BUYOUT PROPOSAL Members will also be asked to vote on a tentative special buyout package with the Times Union, which is limited to six members in the unit.  The buyout, which is being offered as a voluntary option to selected employees at the Times Union, includes a minimum of 15 weeks of pay; four months of health insurance with the company paying the employee’s weekly deductible; 50 percent of the premium in a cash payment for employees who do not receive health insurance from the company; and payment of all accrued vacation, makeup and personal days. The buyout is part of a Hearst Newspaper Division offering across the newspaper chain, with the money for the buyout coming from corporate coffers. This will not trigger Section 3 of the Guild contract involving Job Security and the beginning of blanket buyouts. The Company must notify the Guild prior to any further reductions in the workforce.  The Contracts Committee of the NewsGuild-CWA, the entity given authority over Guild contracts and other negotiated agreements through the provisions found in the NewsGuild’s Constitution, reviewed the terms of the Albany Guild’s tentative agreement on the special buyout package Friday and has approved it for submission to the membership for a ratification vote. The local unit’s Executive Board, in an emergency meeting Friday afternoon, approved putting the special proposal to a full membership vote. 

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