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    Extended buyout deadline, your right to a pension, and other Guild happenings

    To my wonderful, hardworking colleagues: It’s been quite the whirlwind since I was elected Guild president on June 13! Since then, the Guild has been working to regroup, strategize, connect with members and address issues that have been brought to our attention. To those I’ve met, it’s been such a pleasure chatting with you. To those I haven’t met, I hope to be doing so soon. We’ve also have had a few successes, as you’ll read later in this post. All of this is important to keep in mind as they’re the benefits and securities that are ensured through our contract and union. Although we’ve struggled to get a fair…

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    Guild secures extension on buyout deadline to delay and mitigate layoffs

    The Guild avoided layoffs Wednesday with an agreement between the Company and the Guild to give members additional time to consider applying for a buyout. During the afternoon negotiations working with the Company, it was agreed to extend the deadline for all Guild-eligible employees until 5 p.m., July 5. The agreement reached gives members the opportunity to consider and apply for buyouts before the Company pursues layoffs. The meeting of the parties was promoted after the Guild challenged the Company’s authority to circumvent provisions written in the contract, specifically not providing proper notification to the Guild. In part, the Executive Board argued: “In refusing to provide a 45-day notice to…

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    With little notice, Company plans to layoff 8 Guild members, other staff

    The Times Union has chosen to ignore a 45-day window for notifying the Albany Newspaper Guild about layoffs and informed board members Tuesday they will dismiss eight Guild employees beginning Wednesday, June 26. Executive Board members urged the Company to consider offering another round of buyouts since the Guild was not informed in writing that layoffs would ensue if there weren’t enough buyouts, but the Company has refused, instead invoking their ability to provide 45 days pay to those who are laid off rather than allow the Guild to attempt to mitigate the need for layoffs through alternative measures. Previously the Company did not provide a head-count or dollar figure…

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    Amanda Fries elected Guild President. Ken Crowe and Ty Stewart also join the board.

    Following the departure of the Guild’s president Brian Nearing, members elected Amanda Fries as the union local’s new President, Ken Crowe as Vice President, and Ty Stewart as board member at-large on the Guild’s Executive Board. The three elected to the posts will fill the remainder of the terms—all of which end this year—ahead of a full Executive Board election in September. The election fills vacancies left by the departures of board members Nearing and Jennifer Rodd. Fries previously was Vice President for the board, elected to the post in 2017. She is the Albany County and city of Albany reporter at the Times Union. “I look forward to mobilizing…

  • Membership Meeting & Election of Guild Officers

    The Newspaper Guild of Albany will hold a membership meeting at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at the BVMC Church Hall across the street at 250 Old Maxwell Rd. Two open seats on the Executive Board are up for election after the departures of President Brian Nearing, and Board Member at Large, Jennifer Rodd. The terms are for the remainder of their 3 year terms. All board seats are up for election in September 2019.  In the event of an uncontested election, should any new board vacancies arise, we will also fill them at this time. The positions require attendance at the monthly Executive Board meeting, held at 5:30 p.m.…