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Albany Times Union Braces for Imminent Layoffs

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The publisher of the Albany (N.Y.) Times Union has announced that his newspaper staff should expect a wave of layoffs, the Albany Newspaper Guild blog has reported.

Publisher George Hearst declined to release numbers or say when an announcement would be made, but said it was imminent.

“A notification will be going out to employees in the early days ahead,” Hearst said at a contract negotiating session with the Guild.

Under the contract, the Company must give workers at least 45 days’ notice of layoffs so the union can talk to the Company about any steps if possible to alleviate the hardship. If shorter notice is given, the employees must be given 45 days’ pay. …

“We are aware of the economic troubles our nation is facing,” Guild President Tim O’Brien said. “We know the newspaper industry is seeing more job cuts announced every day. While we do not favor layoffs, especially when our workers are already stretched thin, we will do our best to help our members through these difficult times.”


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February 27, 2009 at 11:40 am

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