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    Amanda Fries elected Guild President. Ken Crowe and Ty Stewart also join the board.

    Following the departure of the Guild’s president Brian Nearing, members elected Amanda Fries as the union local’s new President, Ken Crowe as Vice President, and Ty Stewart as board member at-large on the Guild’s Executive Board. The three elected to the posts will fill the remainder of the terms—all of which end this year—ahead of a full Executive Board election in September. The election fills vacancies left by the departures of board members Nearing and Jennifer Rodd. Fries previously was Vice President for the board, elected to the post in 2017. She is the Albany County and city of Albany reporter at the Times Union. “I look forward to mobilizing…

  • Membership Meeting & Election of Guild Officers

    The Newspaper Guild of Albany will hold a membership meeting at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at the BVMC Church Hall across the street at 250 Old Maxwell Rd. Two open seats on the Executive Board are up for election after the departures of President Brian Nearing, and Board Member at Large, Jennifer Rodd. The terms are for the remainder of their 3 year terms. All board seats are up for election in September 2019.  In the event of an uncontested election, should any new board vacancies arise, we will also fill them at this time. The positions require attendance at the monthly Executive Board meeting, held at 5:30 p.m.…

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    Guild members approve company buyout offer

    On Wednesday, Guild members voted 26-0 to have the company’s buyout offer put on the table for the consideration of individual members. This vote is a mandated provision of our contract, in which the company must first pursue buyouts before considering potential layoffs, which must be done in reverse seniority order (first in, last out) in each job title. The company’s offer calls for two weeks pay for every year of service with a minimum of 4 weeks pay and a maximum of up to 62 weeks. Years of service would be calculated as of May 1, 2019 and would not include fractional years. Concurrent health care coverage would be…

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    Guild members to vote Wednesday on contract mandated company buyout offer

    The Guild will present the company’s buyout offer for the consideration of its members on Wednesday, May 29 from noon–1 pm & from 5–6 pm in the executive conference room on the 2nd floor. A “yes” vote means that the offer can be considered by individual members. Under the terms of the current Guild contract, the company first make a buyout offer to workers who are willing to leave prior to pursuing any potential layoffs. The company’s offer calls for two weeks pay for every year of service with a minimum of 4 weeks pay and a maximum of up to 62 weeks. Years of service would be calculated as…