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    Mark your calendars: Vote for Guild board secretary Sept. 17

    The Newspaper Guild of Albany, Local 31034, TNG-CWA will hold its annual membership meeting via ZOOM at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 17. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, in order to protect the membership’s health, the Executive Board voted unanimously at its Aug. 12 meeting to conduct the annual membership meeting virtually. The information to log in to the Zoom meeting will be provided to the membership before the meeting. The position of local secretary is vacant and is up for election for the remaining time of the three-year term of office. The person elected secretary will take office immediately. The position requires attendance at the monthly Executive Board meeting, typically…

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    Return to plant concerns? Let the Guild know.

    The Guild has heard from many members about concerns in going back into work inside at the main plant. We’ve also heard from people who are looking forward to getting back to their desk after leaving it behind in mid-March. Yes, it’s been a tough and challenging time for all of us as we’ve adapted to working at home. The Guild has held numerous meetings with the Company to discuss safety and various other matters that have arisen during the coronavirus pandemic. The Executive Board has worked with International Representative Melissa Nelson, a former Albany Guild president, to draft a proposal to provide for unit members who want the option…

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    Company announces employees to begin returning to office Aug. 17

    Keep Aug. 17th in mind. That’s when Group A consisting of 30 people will return to work inside the Times Union building, according to a presentation by Publisher George Hearst, Operations VP Dan Couto and Human Resources Director Ruth Fantasia Monday. The Guild has been met with the Company on a regular basis since March when nearly all of us began working at home. Most of the information you had advance notice of through our earlier postings. The key items to keep in mind are that George Hearst said the Company will put the needs of the employees first. If you have a pre-existing health condition, family issues or other…

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    Guild gets info on Health App

    The Guild has worked vigorously since the coronavirus pandemic struck to obtain information from the Times Union and to make suggestions in the spirit of cooperation and more importantly to protect everyone’s health. The Company will soon be issuing information about a Health APP to be used on smartphones for a daily check of everyone’s health when dealing with COVID-19. We feel it’s important that everyone see the Company’s response to our questions which were formatted with the assistance of our International Representative Melissa Nelson (who just happens to be a former Albany Guild president!) Key responses deal with discipline, health insurance and the option of completing a paper form.…

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    Company denies open, inclusive diversity committee process

    Times Union management has dismissed the Guild’s calls for an inclusive and transparent process in building a company constituted Diversity Committee. After learning managers were quietly picking individuals to serve on the Company’s Diversity Committee, the Albany Newspaper Guild sent a letter to Publisher George Hearst and Human Resources Director Ruth Fantasia requesting that the efforts for forming the committee be a joint labor-management effort. The pair responded by insinuating that the Guild was excluding other labor unions representing employees at the Times Union. “Diversity and Inclusion should not simply be a Guild-management or labor-management initiative,” Ruth and George wrote in the response. “In order to be successful, the work…