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    Membership Updates

    Bonus Payment The Local’s Executive Board has approved at its December meeting a one-time bonus payment by the Times Union to Guild-represented employees who aren’t paid commissions. The company said the bonus most likely will be 1 percent of annual salary (that’s $500 if you earn $50,000). This is similar to what occurred in 2020. Severance Vote The membership at a special meeting Dec. 9, 2021 approved a special severance package for unit members who are not vaccinated. They will receive up to 8 weeks pay, the equivalent amount of health insurance in coverage or cash and can apply for unemployment. Christmas and New Year’s Day Just a reminder that…

  • Special Membership Meeting

    A special Albany Newspaper Guild membership meeting has been called for 6 p.m. Thursday December 9, 2021 to vote on a severance package for three unit members who have opted not to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Severance, unemployment and health insurance coverage would not be offered in this case except for a tentative agreement reached with the Times Union. The package calls for two to eight weeks of severance pay, an equal amount of weeks in health insurance coverage, which may be taken as a cash payment, unemployment, signing of a separation agreement and accumulated benefits. The membership meeting will be held via Zoom due to the rising number of…

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    Officers Elected

    Ty Stewart was elected vice president of the Albany Newspaper Guild and David Johnson was elected as an At-Large Member of the local Executive Board at the local’s annual membership meeting. Ty and Dave will serve the remaining 16 months in the 3-year terms of office for each of the two positions. Ty previously was an At-Large Executive Board member.  He takes on the responsibilities of what had been the vacant vice president position on the Executive Board. Dave was elected to fill the vacancy created when Ty became vice president. Get Vaccinated The membership voted unanimously to support all unit members getting vaccinated against COVID-19. A new executive order…

  • Annual Membership Meeting

    The annual membership meeting of the Albany Newspaper Guild, Local 31034, TNG-CWA has been called for 6 p.m. Thursday September 9, 2021.  Due to the continuing coronarvius pandemic the meeting will be held via Zoom. At the meeting members will be asked to fill the vacancy of vice president and to act on any other Executive Board vacancies that may occur.  The member elected vice president will serve the remaining 16 months of the term of office. (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…

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    Update on Return to Building

    Remote Work to Continue The return to working in the building has been delayed. No return date has been set. That will depend on the developing COVID-19 situation Times Union management and the Guild leadership are monitoring the COVID-19 situation. The Guild requested a delay in the return Sunday night due to the rising COVID-19 infection rates in the Capital Region and nationally. After some discussions, management decided to put off the pending September and October return dates. The Company will give two weeks notice to employees before returning to the main plant. The Company is allowing hybrid work schedules. Should any issues or questions arise, please contact the Guild…