Albany Newspaper Guild

Albany Newspaper Guild Committed to protecting its members.
The Albany Newspaper Guild, chartered on March 20, 1934, is the labor union representing about 200 employees of the Times Union, the largest daily newspaper covering Albany, New York, and the surrounding Capital Region.
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Operating as usual

The Guild has heard from many members about concerns in going back into work inside at the main plant. We’ve also heard ...
08/14/2020
Return to plant concerns? Let the Guild know.

The Guild has heard from many members about concerns in going back into work inside at the main plant. We’ve also heard from people who are looking forward to getting back to their desk after leaving it behind in mid-March.

If you have concerns about going back in, please us know. Guild representatives are prepared to talk to the company on your behalf.

The Guild has heard from many members about concerns in going back into work inside at the main plant. We’ve also heard from people who are looking forward to getting back to their desk after…

The Guild has worked vigorously since the coronavirus pandemic struck to obtain information from the Times Union and to ...
08/02/2020
Guild gets info on Health App

The Guild has worked vigorously since the coronavirus pandemic struck to obtain information from the Times Union and to make suggestions in the spirit of cooperation and more importantly to protect everyone’s health.

The Company will soon be issuing information about a Health APP to be used on smartphones for a daily check of everyone’s health when dealing with COVID-19…

The Guild has worked vigorously since the coronavirus pandemic struck to obtain information from the Times Union and to make suggestions in the spirit of cooperation and more importantly to protect…

Times Union management has dismissed the Guild’s calls for an inclusive and transparent process in building a company co...
07/31/2020
Company denies open, inclusive diversity committee process

Times Union management has dismissed the Guild’s calls for an inclusive and transparent process in building a company constituted Diversity Committee…

Times Union management has dismissed the Guild’s calls for an inclusive and transparent process in building a company constituted Diversity Committee. After learning managers were quietly picking i…

Albany Newspaper Guild reps toured the main office on Albany Shaker Road Thursday with Dan Couto, vice president of oper...
07/24/2020
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…

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 insid…

President Mandy Fries sent Publisher George Hearst a request for a Joint Standing Committee meeting on several topics th...
06/23/2020
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…

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 agen…

Back to the office? Not quite yet…
06/10/2020
Back to the office? Not quite yet

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…

Return to office plans takes shape…
05/11/2020
Return to office plans take shape

Return to office plans takes shape…

The Guild met with Times Union Publisher George Hearst Friday afternoon for nearly 80 minutes to discuss planning for the safe return to the Albany Shaker Road main offices. President Amanda Fries …

Guild 📰: Working for equity on COVID-19 benefits…
05/02/2020
Guild 📰: Working for equity on COVID-19 benefits

Guild 📰: Working for equity on COVID-19 benefits…

A message from the President Now two months into the stay-at-home order, we’ve hopefully all adapted to the “new normal” particularly when it comes to continuing business. Specifically speaking, Zo…

Guild agrees to 5 extra days off in 2021…
04/29/2020
Guild agrees to 5 extra days off in 2021

Guild agrees to 5 extra days off in 2021…

The Albany Newspaper Guild has agreed that each Times Union worker will receive 5 additional days of time off in 2021 in addition to what’s guaranteed in our contract. The company wanted us to act …

Paid parental leave, fighting for the industry and continuing to work for our members. We may be apart, but the Guild is...
04/04/2020
Paid parental leave, fighting for the industry and continuing to work for our members

Paid parental leave, fighting for the industry and continuing to work for our members.

We may be apart, but the Guild is still here for you!

A Message from the President: Just because we may be apart, doesn’t mean the Guild isn’t working for you. During these unprecedented times, your Executive Board has been in constant dialogue with …

We are continuing to make sure Guild employees at the Times Union are protected during this unprecedented health crisis....
03/21/2020
Guild agrees on 26 weeks of sick leave for those infected with coronavirus; extension of telemedicine program to all employees

We are continuing to make sure Guild employees at the Times Union are protected during this unprecedented health crisis. Please make sure to check back to our website and social media pages for future updates.

The Guild has met four times with the Company to discuss the coronavirus pandemic and its impact at the Times Union. Friday, March 20, the Guild and the Company reached agreement on 26 weeks of sic…

The Guild is launching a membership survey. Be sure to weigh in on what you would like to see in our contract, and issue...
12/03/2019
Member engagement survey for Albany Newspaper Guild

The Guild is launching a membership survey. Be sure to weigh in on what you would like to see in our contract, and issues that are most important to you. Responses will be taken through Dec. 31.

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#ICYMI: Earlier this week, Executive Board members negotiated four new jobs at the Times Union that are union-protected.
10/25/2019
4 new Guild-represented positions coming to Times Union newsroom

#ICYMI: Earlier this week, Executive Board members negotiated four new jobs at the Times Union that are union-protected.

The Executive Board reached an agreement Tuesday with newsroom management to add four new positions with the Guild as the Times Union ramps up efforts to grow its digital audience. The four Guild p…

The enhanced buyout package and the change in dental insurance were unanimously approved by Guild members.Thanks go to e...
10/03/2019
Guild members unanimously approve enhanced buyouts and health insurance change

The enhanced buyout package and the change in dental insurance were unanimously approved by Guild members.

Thanks go to each and every one of you who showed to support your colleagues!

The members of Albany Newspaper Guild TNG-CWA Local 31034 showed their support for colleagues in the Times Union business office Wednesday during a special vote. The members voted 54-0 to approve a…

Special vote on health insurance and enhanced buyout for business office to be held on Wednesday, October 2.
09/26/2019
Special vote on health insurance and enhanced buyout for business office

Special vote on health insurance and enhanced buyout for business office to be held on Wednesday, October 2.

A special vote will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019 to approve a health insurance package for 2020 as well as an enhanced buyout for impacted employees in the business office. Earlier this month…

The Guild welcomes new board members Lauren Stanforth and Jayson McKenna…
09/26/2019
Members elect new Executive Board to lead Guild

The Guild welcomes new board members Lauren Stanforth and Jayson McKenna…

At the annual meeting of the Albany Newspaper Guild held Tuesday, Sept. 24, the following people were nominated and elected by members to serve three-year terms on the executive board: Amanda Fries…

Don't forget this Tuesday, Sept. 25, is the Guild annual membership meeting! We've posted the agenda for the meeting, so...
09/22/2019
Don’t forget this Tuesday, Sept. 25 is the annual membership meeting!

Don't forget this Tuesday, Sept. 25, is the Guild annual membership meeting!

We've posted the agenda for the meeting, so find out what we're going to be discussing.

The Newspaper Guild of Albany will hold a membership meeting at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the BVMC Church Hall across the street at 250 Old Maxwell Rd. All seven seats on the Executive Bo…

It was a great day for a Guild picnic!
09/15/2019

It was a great day for a Guild picnic!

09/13/2019

Hey all!

Don’t forget this Sunday, starting at noon, is the annual picnic at Six Mike Waterworks Park in Albany!

There will be food, games, and...a jam session! So if you’re musically inclined, bring your instrument!

It was a great showing to bid farewell to some of our departed Guild members. Thank you to everyone who stopped by in su...
08/08/2019

It was a great showing to bid farewell to some of our departed Guild members. Thank you to everyone who stopped by in support!

A message from the President The dust is still settling from the layoffs imposed by the Company earlier this month, but ...
08/05/2019
Newsletter: Why pay dues, commission plan concerns, and upcoming Guild functions

A message from the President The dust is still settling from the layoffs imposed by the Company earlier this month, but we’re keeping a watchful eye on where the work goes from the five people who were cut the week of July 15. I know the latest cuts have left a sour taste in everyone’s mouths, especially with the error made on the part of the Company, but please remember that the Guild is here to fight for you. [ 724 more words ]
https://albanyguild.org/blog/2019/08/05/newsletter-why-pay-dues-commission-plan-concerns-and-upcoming-guild-functions/

A message from the President The dust is still settling from the layoffs imposed by the Company earlier this month, but we’re keeping a watchful eye on where the work goes from the five people who …

Five Guild jobs were cut by the Company on Wednesday. The layoffs were on top of five Guild members accepting buyouts th...
07/17/2019
Company reduces Guild workforce by 7 percent in recent round of layoffs

Five Guild jobs were cut by the Company on Wednesday. The layoffs were on top of five Guild members accepting buyouts that were negotiated by the Guild with the Company, marking a 7 percent reduction in the total Guild workforce. The Executive Board is working with the Company over concerns that reverse seniority was not followed, a guarantee outlined in our contract.

Five Guild members were let go by the Company on Wednesday, marking a 7 percent reduction in the total Guild workforce. The layoffs were on top of five Guild members accepting buyouts that were neg…

07/16/2019

The Company has informed us that they will lay off five Guild members starting today, while giving the opportunity for those people to retain employment through three currently vacant positions (two full-time and one part-time). We have been given no information as to what positions or departments are being targeted, nor how many exempt positions may also be cut.

While this is disheartening news, we want to work with members who will be cut to find ways to retain them and also address any burdens that are left from these cuts.

Any Guild-eligible employee who is targeted for a lay off can request Guild representation to ensure the Company is abiding by the contract.

Concerns or questions can be submitted to Board members, including President Amanda Fries, at [email protected].

The extended deadline for people to apply for buyouts yielded two additional members, but we’re not out of the woods yet...
07/12/2019
Two more Guild members take buyout, Company can’t yet provide clear picture on future

The extended deadline for people to apply for buyouts yielded two additional members, but we’re not out of the woods yet. The Times Union notified the Guild on Thursday that two buyouts had been accepted by the Company, but couldn’t say when or how many employees may have to be laid off. We hope to know more early next week, but in the meantime, the Guild wants to work with members on tackling workplace issues and coming up with solutions that improve our work environment. [ 140 more words ]
https://albanyguild.org/blog/2019/07/12/two-more-guild-members-take-buyout-company-cant-yet-provide-clear-picture-on-future/

The extended deadline for people to apply for buyouts yielded two additional members, but we’re not out of the woods yet. The Times Union notified the Guild on Thursday that two buyouts had been ac…

A HUGE thank you to everyone who came out to the impromptu happy hour Tuesday evening. It was an incredible turn out amo...
07/03/2019

A HUGE thank you to everyone who came out to the impromptu happy hour Tuesday evening. It was an incredible turn out among both current and former TU employees as well as Guild allies. We thank you all for your support. We may be small, but we are mighty!

Has your title changed in recent years? Are you vulnerable to being laid off despite your years of service?  As we unfor...
06/30/2019
Could a title change have put you at risk of being laid off?

Has your title changed in recent years? Are you vulnerable to being laid off despite your years of service? As we unfortunately learned from layoffs in 2009, the Company now lays off Guild-eligible employees by job title and not by department, which was previously the case through the Guild contract. By shifting layoffs to job title rather than department, the seniority pools have shrunk, putting more people at risk to a layoff should the Company pursue such action. [ 126 more words ]
https://albanyguild.org/blog/2019/06/30/could-a-title-change-have-put-you-at-risk-of-being-laid-off/

Has your title changed in recent years? Are you vulnerable to being laid off despite your years of service? As we unfortunately learned from layoffs in 2009, the Company now lays off Guild-eligibl…

To my wonderful, hardworking colleagues: It’s been quite the whirlwind since I was elected Guild president on June 13! S...
06/29/2019
Extended buyout deadline, your right to a pension, and other Guild happenings

To my wonderful, hardworking colleagues: It’s been quite the whirlwind since I was elected Guild president on June 13! Since then, the Guild has been working to regroup, strategize, connect with members and address issues that have been brought to our attention. To those I’ve met, it’s been such a pleasure chatting with you. To those I haven’t met, I hope to be doing so soon. [ 658 more words ]
https://albanyguild.org/blog/2019/06/29/extended-buyout-deadline-your-right-to-a-pension-and-other-guild-happenings/

To my wonderful, hardworking colleagues: It’s been quite the whirlwind since I was elected Guild president on June 13! Since then, the Guild has been working to regroup, strategize, connect with me…

The Times Union has chosen to ignore a 45-day window for notifying the Albany Newspaper Guild about layoffs and informed...
06/26/2019
With little notice, Company plans to layoff 8 Guild members, other staff

The Times Union has chosen to ignore a 45-day window for notifying the Albany Newspaper Guild about layoffs and informed board members Tuesday they will dismiss eight Guild employees beginning Wednesday, June 26. Executive Board members urged the Company to consider offering another round of buyouts since the Guild was not informed in writing that layoffs would ensue if there weren’t enough buyouts, but the Company has refused, instead invoking their ability to provide 45 days pay to those who are laid off rather than allow the Guild to attempt to mitigate the need for layoffs through alternative measures. [ 418 more words ]
https://albanyguild.org/blog/2019/06/25/with-little-notice-company-plans-to-layoff-8-guild-members-other-staff/

The Times Union has chosen to ignore a 45-day window for notifying the Albany Newspaper Guild about layoffs and informed board members Tuesday they will dismiss eight Guild employees beginning Wedn…

Following the departure of the Guild’s president Brian Nearing, members elected Amanda Fries as the union local’s new Pr...
06/13/2019
Amanda Fries elected President. Ken Crowe and Ty Stewart 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. [ 151 more words ]
https://albanyguild.org/blog/2019/06/13/amanda-fries-elected-president-ken-crowe-and-ty-stewart-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 Wednesday, Guild members voted 26-0 to have the company's buyout offer put on the table for the consideration of indi...
05/31/2019
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. [ 227 more words ]
https://albanyguild.org/blog/2019/05/31/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 w…

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, tonight's meeting has been rescheduled for NEXT Wednesday, 16 May, same time and place...