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    Guild Begins Bargaining for New Contract

    Bargaining Bulletin #3: The Albany Newspaper Guild and the Times Union opened negotiations for a new contract Wednesday at the newspaper’s offices in Colonie. The Guild was represented by President Ken Crowe, Vice President Ty Stewart and Shop Steward Wendy Liberatore. Sitting across the table representing the Company were Ruth Fantasia, executive Human Resources director; Dan Couto, vice president of operations and integrated services; and Melinda Jermison, human resources business partner. Both sides offered comprehensive proposals and agreed to issue a joint statement. The Company has sent the statement to your Times Union email. The statement is included below. Ken Crowe started the bargaining by reading an opening statement. Ken…

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    Guild Begins Bargaining June 8th

    Bargaining Bulletin #2: We start talks with the Times Union for a new contract on Wednesday June 8th. The Albany Newspaper Guild’s Executive Board will serve as the bargaining committee and has added other Guild members to the committee. The Executive Board promised when it took office that a new collective bargaining agreement would be negotiated. The pandemic delayed negotiations. When talks begin Wednesday, President Ken Crowe will be joined by Vice President Ty Stewart and Steward Wendy Liberatore at the bargaining table.  Other Executive Board members will be at the table as needed. The Executive Board has used the results of membership surveys to pull together a proposed contract. The…

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    LaPoint Elected Treasurer

    Theresa LaPoint of the Times Union advertising department was elected treasurer of the Albany Newspaper Guild at a membership meeting held on April 14. Theresa is a veteran Guild leader having previously served as the local’s treasurer. Theresa is experienced, compassionate, and insightful regarding issues that impact all Guild unit members. Theresa strengthens our Executive Board as the local heads into contract negotiations with the Times Union. Theresa’s term of office runs through the end of the year. She succeeds Jayson McKenna who recently left the Times Union to take on a new position.

  • Membership Meeting and Special Election

    The Albany Newspaper Guild will hold a membership meeting at 6 pm on Thursday, April 14, The meeting will be conducted on Zoom. The membership will vote to fill the vacant treasurer’s post. The term of office runs through the end of the year (Dec.31, 2022). In the event of a contested election, a mail ballot will be conducted. The local thanks Jayson McKenna for his service as treasurer before resigning from the Times Union to pursue a new job opportunity. An update on contract talks will be presented. The monthly Executive Board will be held immediately following the membership meeting. Email the guild for Zoom login info. Election Information: The…

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    Bargaining Bulletin No. 1

    On Wednesday, March 23, 2022, our local leadership delivered letters to Times Union management notifying the company that it was time to bargain a new contract. It’s called a “demand to bargain.” The local Executive Board decided at the March meeting that the letter would be filed by March 31. The Guild’s and the Times Union’s leaderships have been discussing bargaining. The letter references this and asks the company for dates it is available to start contract talks. “Consistent with our prior discussions, with this letter the Albany Newspaper Guild is initiating a demand to bargain a contract agreement,” the notice states. It’s time to reach a new contract between…