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    Labor leaders from Boston Globe, others talk union efforts this Thursday

    Reporters and labor organizers from the Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News and the Billings Gazette will share their stories on bringing coworkers together to form a union and rally support for worker rights this Thursday. The Albany Newspaper Guild will host a special Executive Board meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11, with labor leaders from three newspapers at various stages of organizing, giving all of us the opportunity to pick their brains on how to build momentum and land a new contract. Come with your questions and your enthusiasm. This is an opportunity for members to learn more about the benefits of our union and how you can help…

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    Time Off Advisory

    Members are asking questions about taking vacation and the five bonus personal days for this year. 2020-21 Vacation You have until April 15 to use any remaining vacation time from last year. Our vacation period runs from April 15 through April 14. If you don’t use it, you lose it. Many members have not taken their vacation saying they had nowhere to go. PLEASE take your vacation if you have not done so. You have until April 14 to take it. US Personal 2020 The Hearst Corp. proposed five additional personal days for anyone who met the criteria and was on the payroll as of Dec. 31, 2020. The Guild agreed…

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    Bonus Payment

    The Guild has agreed to a Times Union plan to pay some members of our bargaining unit a 1 percent bonus in the Jan. 29, 2021 paycheck. The bonus payment is similar to one made in 2020. There will be a minimum payment of at least $350. The qualifications set by the company to receive the bonus payrment are you must be hired before October 1, 2020, you must have worked at least 1,000 hours in 2020, you must still be working at the company and you must not be on any sort of commission/bonus plan. President Mandy Fries responded to the company to say Guild would not bar our…

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    Guild Update: Remote Work, COVID-19, Buyouts, Ethics, Stewards

    It’s been a busy autumn as nearly all of us continue to work remotely. The Guild anticipates that remote work will continue to be the rule as the coronavirus pandemic continues to roll up higher numbers of people infected. Remote Work As was previously noted, the Guild’s Executive Board proposed a Remote Work Policy to the Times Union, aiming to negotiate a policy that would set guidelines for working outside the office and related equipment issues. This was an outgrowth of our push this past summer on cell phone and equipment reimbursement. When President Mandy Fries first presented the concept to Times Union Publisher George Hearst and Human Resources Director…

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    Guild Members Approve Buyout

    The members of the Albany Newspaper Guild unanimously approved a voluntary buyout agreement with the Times Union at an emergency membership meeting on Thursday Oct. 22. The agreement will allow members of our unit to apply to leave the company with a lump sum payment based upon years of service with and equivalent amount of health insurance. The deadline to apply for the buyout is Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. If you have questions regarding the buyout please contact a Guild officer or steward.  You may also contact the human resources office which is accepting the applications.