Time to Raise Everyone’s Pay
Bargaining Bulletin #10:
The Albany Newspaper Guild presented its comprehensive economic proposal to the Times Union on Wednesday as talks continue for a new contract.
The Guild negotiating team pointed out that inflation is currently 42.84 percent, a significant increase since our last contractual raise in 2007. The Guild also provided management negotiators with current reports from the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics which indicated that the average weekly salary in Albany County is $1,503. Our key pay category (Class C in the contract), at a weekly pay rate of $998.48, is about 66 percent of the County’s average.
Our union proposed a five-year contract, bonuses and pay raises. We are seeking pension and 401K improvements. We also proposed that each unit member receive two cases of Hearst premium vintage wine.
We added a new contract section proposing an annual Cost of Living Adjustment if inflation exceeds 4 percent. This would be in addition to the negotiated pay increases.
We also proposed a formula of one exempt manager for every five Guild-represented employees.
We anticipated the company bargaining team would respond to our proposals on outsourcing and management rights made a week earlier. The company management team didn’t have any counter proposals for these major contract topics they had previously indicated were important to them. Their team said their response to our management rights proposal had not been completed.
Bargaining will resume Nov. 2 and 3.
Contract Bargaining Back on Track
Bargaining Bulletin #9:
The Albany Newspaper Guild resumed bargaining Wednesday and Thursday for a new contract with the Times Union reaching a tentative agreement on sick leave.
Both sides agreed to short-term disability coverage for members of the Guild unit. Members will no longer have to rely on accumulated sick time or on donations of sick time to cover the six weeks of short-term disability.
Current employees will be able to use accumulated sick time to cover the weeks between the end of short-term and long-term disability to receive their full salaries which would otherwise be 50 percent. The donating of sick time and banking of sick time will end.
The Guild offered counter proposals on outsourcing and job security. These areas led to an impasse being declared during the last round of contract bargaining in 2008-09. The company has not yet responded.
The Guild and Times Union representatives also discussed other topics. Both sides will return to the table on Oct. 12 and Oct 13 to continue negotiations.
Special Executive Board Meeting
A special Executive Board meeting will take place tomorrow at 6 pm over Zoom.
As always, these meetings are open to the membership. If you’d like to participate, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org before the start of the meeting and we’ll send you the Zoom link.
The Albany Newspaper Guild elected a seven-member Executive Board Thursday to serve three-year terms of office.
The new board is composed of President Ken Crowe, Vice President Ty Stewart, Secretary Wendy Liberatore, Treasurer Theresa LaPoint, Chief Steward Rob Gavin, and At-Large Board Members David Johnson and Paul Nelson.
The board members are committed to completing negotiations for a new contract.
“We’ve been fortunate to have an extremely dedicated board for the last three years. The election results guarantee that our local will continue to have strong and involved leadership,” said President Ken Crowe.
“The board’s primary goal continues to be negotiating a new contract for local unit members,” Crowe said.
Crowe, Stewart, LaPoint, Gavin, and Johnson were re-elected to their posts. Liberatore, who was appointed as secretary in August to fill a vacancy, and Nelson won their first elections.
At-Large Board Member Jeff Boyer will leave office at the end of the year
The board takes office Jan. 1, 2023 and serves through Dec. 31, 2025.
Annual Membership Meeting & Election of All Guild Officers
The annual membership meeting of the Albany Newspaper Guild, Local 31034, TNG-CWA has been called for 6 p.m. Thursday, September 8, 2022. The meeting will be held via Zoom.
At the meeting members will be asked to elect the seven members of the local Executive Board to three-year terms that begin Jan. 1, 2023 and run through Dec. 31, 2025. (Election Information is posted below)
You must be a member in good standing (paying dues) to participate in the meeting and to vote on any measures that come before the local.
The membership will also be asked to elect delegates to represent the Local at any TNG-CWA meetings for the year ahead.
Any other matters may also be brought up at the annual meeting.
The monthly Executive Board meeting will follow on the same Zoom call.
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- Call to Order
- Elections — President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Chief Steward, At-large Board Member, and At-large Board Member. Delegates for TNG-CWA meetings.
- Annual Local Report
- Update on Contract Negotiations
- Update on In-Person Training Oct. 29-20 at Albany Labor Temple.
- Other Business
The Executive Board positions up for election are President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Chief Steward, two (2) At-large Board Members and Delegates to TNG-CWA meetings for 2023. The Executive Board terms are three (3) years. The terms will run from Jan. 1, 2023 through December 31, 2025.
Members must be in good standing to run for office and to attend the nomination meeting. If you want to check your standing, email the Guild office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If there is only one nomination for any office, and the person accepts the nomination, the person will be elected at the meeting. If there is more than one candidate for any office, a Local Elections Committee appointed by the Executive Board will conduct a mail-in ballot election.
Nominations for the office may be from the floor or by petition. Petitions may be for an individual candidate in which the name of the candidate, his/her Local unit (if applicable), and department worked listed. Such petitions must also contain the names of at least 25 members. Individuals signing a petition must be members in good standing. These petitions must be filed with Local Secretary Wendy Liberatore the election at the membership meeting. The secretary shall notify all candidates of their nomination and shall receive from them a written notice of their willingness to serve.