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    Health Insurance stays on MVP for 2021. Voluntary buyout talks on Monday.

    The Guild met with company representatives Thursday to discuss health insurance.  Besides learning about the rates for 2021, we heard that the Hearst Co. has approved across the board buyouts in the newspaper division.  Vice President Ken Crowe and Treasurer Jayson McKenna represented the Guild. Health Insurance stays on MVP for 2021 We will have the same health insurance coverage in 2021 as this year, the MVP High Deductible Plan. Insurance premiums for the composite rate will go up 80 cents per week raising the weekly premium payment to $69.52 from the current weekly rate of $68.72.  This includes the Delta Dental Insurance. This health plan has a $2,000 deductible…

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    Guild membership elects board secretary, approves special buyout

    Guild membership unanimously elected Massarah Mikati as Executive Board secretary during the Albany Newspaper Guild’s annual membership meeting Thursday. Massarah, who covers new Americans and the suburbs of Colonie at the Times Union, will fill the vacant board seat of secretary left earlier this year when a Guild member was promoted to an exempt, editor position. Massarah has served as a Guild steward in recent months and led the Guild’s dialogue on diversity and inclusion. She is a member of the Guild’s Diversity Committee as well as the Company designated committee. Guild members also approved a special buyout package that has been offered to specific employees at the Times Union.…

  • Guild Annual Membership Meeting and Special Election

    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…

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    Guild members to vote on Board secretary, special limited buyout proposal

    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 a separate 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…

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    Year in Review: Guild unites to protect members; leads on remote work policy, COVID-19 safety

    Dear fellow Guild colleagues, As we gear up for our annual membership meeting in September, I wanted to take this opportunity to share with all of you some of the successes the Albany Newspaper Guild has seen in the last year. It has been, undoubtedly, a trying year for all of us at the Times Union, but the Guild has been working hard to protect you and your fellow colleagues every step of the way. Whether that is ensuring management follows our contract, accompanying employees during disciplinary discussions or negotiating additional workplace protections amid a pandemic, the Guild has remained dedicated to protecting you. The successes outlined below give you…