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    Albany Guild seeks inclusive, transparent dialogue on Diversity Committee

    The Albany Newspaper Guild has written Times Union Publisher George Hearst to request a meeting on diversity to create a joint path forward on this very important issue. The Guild’s Diversity Committee has met several times and briefed the Executive Board at its July meeting regarding the progress it has made. The Diversity Committee, which is open to all Guild-represented employees, is developing proposals intended to improve the Times Union’s commitment to a workforce which reflects the diversity of the Capital Region. The committee is drafting goals that would engage the Guild and the Company in a joint process acknowledging the wide ranging diversity of the community population; those who…

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    Guild Inspects Plant Cleaning

    Albany Newspaper Guild reps toured the main office on Albany Shaker Road Thursday with Dan Couto, vice president of operations, to see how the deep cleaning has gone to prepare for going back inside. Renee Bernard, Jeff Boyer and Ken Crowe formed the Guild team that did the hour-long walk through. Renee and Jeff have been working inside throughout the coronavirus pandemic. They had insights into the cleaning as they’ve observed as it occurred over the last several months. The company doesn’t have a firm date for when the first group of Guild-represented employees would return. It appears the earliest it might happen is after Labor Day for the Copy…

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    Guild reaches ‘common sense’ agreement on clean desk policy, addresses other issues

    The Guild held a Joint Standing Committee July 2 with Times Union management that covered a number of topics impacting every department. President Mandy Fries led the discussion held with Publisher George Hearst and other managers. Mandy was joined by Vice President Ken Crowe, Treasurer Jayson McKenna and Chief Steward Rob Gavin. Both sides continued to build on a history of reaching reasonable understanding. Return to work and clean desk policy The Times Union has tentative plans to bring about 30 people back to work in the main plant on Albany Shaker Road on Monday July 27. This is a tentative date. Managers of various departments will be the first…

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    Guild Seeks Joint Committee Meeting on Major Issues

    President Mandy Fries sent Publisher George Hearst a request for a Joint Standing Committee meeting on several topics that could have a dramatic impact on all of us. We have provided George an agenda that will address issues brought forward by the Guild and the Company. Reaching tentative agreements may result in holding a membership vote. Clean Desk Policy The Company has proposed a Clean Desk Policy to make it easier to clean desks. The policy at first glance calls for draconian discipline if you forget and leave something from a piece of paper to a notebook or something else on your desk. It doesn’t address if you leave something…

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    Back to the office? Not quite yet

    The company doesn’t have a date for returning to the office after leaving in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the week of June 22 has tentatively been set for us to go inside the plant in small groups to collect items from our desks. Guild President Mandy Fries, Treasurer Jayson McKenna and Vice President Ken Crowe held a telephone conference call Tuesday, June 9 with Publisher George Hearst, Human Resources Director Ruth Fantasia and Operations vice President Dan Couto to discuss the status of moving back in. Dan said there’s no set date. George also emphasized that. Plans still call for a four-phase move in. Some of our…