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    Return to Office Delayed by Week

    The Executive Board decided Sunday that given the increasing COVID-19 infection rates that a meeting should be held to seek a delay in the return to the office. Exposure to the Delta variant is too dangerous to be ignore. Local President Ken Crowe sent a letter Sunday to Publisher George Hearst and Human Resources Director Ruth Fantasia requesting a meeting. They asked for a delay to consult with corporate. On Wednesday, Crowe, Hearst and Fantasia met. It was agreed that the Aug. 9 return would be postponed until Aug. 16. This does not impact the September return planned for some. The company will send out an email announcing the one…

  • Monthly Executive Board Meeting

    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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    Buyout Approved

    The Albany Newspaper Guild membership unanimously approved a buyout agreement with the Times Union at a special meeting held Monday night, June 21, 2021. Executive Board Member Jeff Boyer will sign the agreement on behalf of the Guild Tuesday afternoon at the Times Union building.

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    Pay Raises

    On Friday, June 18, 2021 raises will be included in this week’s paychecks for members of the Albany Newspaper Guild unit. There will be retroactive pay back to the beginning of June. The raises are from a merit pay pool that Publisher George Hearst described in a recent all hands meeting. The Guild has taken the position that under the McClatchy Doctrine a merit pool distribution, as portrayed by the publisher, should be subject to negotiations between the Guild and Times Union management. The company disagrees citing the merit pay provisions of our contract. The Guild has not waived any of its rights to take future action on this issue.…

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    Buyout Vote

    Special Membership Meeting — Monday, June 21 at 6 p.m. on Zoom The Albany Newspaper Guild and the Times Union reached a tentative agreement for buyouts to be offered to unit members. The Albany Newspaper Guild Executive Board has called a Special Membership Meeting for 6 p.m. Monday, June 21, 2021 on Zoom to vote on a proposed Buyout Agreement. The Executive Board voted unanimously Wednesday night to recommend approval of the agreement. The company is seeking to cut staffing by 8 to 10 people across the newspaper. The company said staff reductions would be from the Guild membership and employees not represented by the Guild. The tentative agreement reached…