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    Buyout Update

    The Guild met with the company Friday afternoon to discuss a potential buyout. There is a question of if it will be offered in all departments or limited to Advertising and Marketing. The company had said initially it was to be companywide and the Guild is insisting on this.  The proposal follows previous buyouts: Minimum of 12 weeks pay with max of 62 weeks of pay. To be paid based on any differentials employee normally receives and a 52-week average of commissions beginning June 1, 2020. The Guild proposed using the highest week’s pay per contract for severance. Both sides will review and discuss. Last day of work will be July 17 with…

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    Buyout Talks

    The company has asked to meet Friday with the Guild to discuss buyouts. The Executive Board was informed earlier this week about the contact from the company and advised again at the June meeting Thursday night that the company wants to commence buyout discussions. Ken Crowe and Jeff Boyer will meet with Publisher George Hearst and Human Resources Executive Director Ruth Fantasia at the Times Union building Friday afternoon. Updates will follow.

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    Return to Office

    Stewards will be contacting you A Guild team recently met with the company to discuss the planned phased return to the Times Union building on Albany Shaker Road. This would be completed by the beginning of September. The plans are very similar to what was to occur last year before the resurgence of COVID-19 cases led to most of us continuing to work remotely. There will be three phases to returning to the plant. Most of us in the Guild unit would be back at the beginning of September. President Ken Crowe, Secretary Massarah Mikati and Chief Steward Rob Gavin discussed the matter with Publisher George Hearst and Human Resources…

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    Guild Approves Severance Plan, Ken Crowe Elected Local President

    The Albany Newspaper Guild membership unanimously ratified an enhanced severance plan at a special meeting held April 8, 2021 for circulation customer service workers whose jobs at the Times Union are being outsourced. There will be a minimum payment of 12 weeks of severance pay for unit members who have less than six years of service. Two long-term employees will receive an additional payment of six weeks of severance added to their contractual severance package. The weekly pay amount will be based on their their pay rate plus take into account, bonuses, overtime and other additional payments made over the previous 52 weeks. The unit members will also receive a…

  • Guild Membership Meeting and Special Election

    A special membership meeting for the Albany Newspaper Guild, Local 31034, TNG-CWA has been called for 6 p.m. Thursday April 8, 2021 to fill the vacant post of president and to deal with any other business that may come before the local. The remaining 20-plus months of the president’s term will be filled.  If there is more than one nomination for president an election will be held by mail ballot. The Executive Board will set the guidelines for the election at its monthly meeting immediately following the membership meeting. You must be a member in good standing (paying dues) to participate in the meeting and to vote on any measures…