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Oct. 18, 2016 -- IAPE members — We have reached a real crossroads moment in these contract negotiations with Dow Jones. Please read this note closely, as your input will be very important in the coming weeks.

This morning the IAPE bargaining team met for the first time in two weeks with company negotiators, and the talks were not promising. We had hoped the company would use the time it had opted to spend away from the bargaining table to find common ground with us, especially after we've made extra efforts to reach a compromise. Instead, the company made a proposal on wages that backtracks from its previous position.

The latest DJ proposal sticks with its call for 2% raises each year in a three-year agreement, retroactive to July 2016, coupled with higher costs for health care. But now Dow Jones wants the option to terminate the contract for either the second or third years. That would mean the company's already underwhelming offer wouldn't be guaranteed after this year.

DJ negotiators say business conditions now necessitate that they have this flexibility. We were told today that Dow Jones' business "is going through a transformation." There is volatility in the advertising-sales market and "there is no evidence that the trend will reverse," we were told. | More

Contract Comments?

Want to weigh in on Dow Jones/IAPE contract negotiations? Feel the need to vent about management contract proposals? Think the union has missed something you want to see addressed? You've come to the right place. CLICK HERE to see what other IAPE members are saying about bargaining, then email your own feedback to We'll post your comments ASAP! - More

No News Means . . .

Oct. 12, 2016 -- IAPE members looking for updates from the contract bargaining table will have to wait a little longer. Citing "internal discussions," Dow Jones management representatives canceled negotiation meetings last Friday and again yesterday. A separate negotiation session for the press room crew at the Dow Jones printing plant in Bowling Green, Ohio -- scheduled for tomorrow afternoon -- has also been postponed. Union and Company reps are scheduled to return to the main contract table next Tuesday, October 18th, in what will be the third week of working without a contract for IAPE members. Bowling Green bargaining | More

Still A Gap

Sep. 28, 2016 -- While there was plenty of discussion during Tuesday's bargaining session, the Union came away from that meeting with only two items to report: Dow Jones has modified its wage proposal -- though not in a way that would guarantee larger pay increases -- and the IAPE/DJ contract expires on Friday. IAPE and Dow Jones representatives moved off-the-record for a significant portion of Tuesday's meeting, in an attempt to bridge the gap in respective pay proposals. While the Union has remained at wage increase proposals of 3.5%, 4.5% and 4.5% since August 30th, the reality of this bargaining situation is IAPE reps have been | More

The Hard Line

Sep. 14, 2016 -- We thought Tuesday's contract negotiating session might produce a more reasonable overture from the company in light of your recent letters to Will Lewis, or at least a more collaborative discussion. That didn't happen. Apparently when Mr. Lewis told you the two sides at the negotiating table "will continue to talk to reach agreement on pay," he meant that Dow Jones would continue to make the same unsatisfactory offer that prompted you to write him in the first place. This is disappointing. The company's "new" proposal continues to offer the same 2% salary increases that were included in the last contract, as well as in its | More

Lewis Responds

Sep. 12, 2016 -- More than 400 IAPE members from bureaus around the United States and in Canada signed letters to Dow Jones CEO Will Lewis objecting to the company's troublesome stance in contract negotiations. This is a strong showing, and you clearly have gotten his attention. Mr. Lewis responded late Friday -- his letter to you is posted here. We credit Mr. Lewis for engaging during this crucial phase of the talks, but were somewhat puzzled by what he had to say. Our chief executive says the union's proposal for real wage increases is "unrealistic." And he suggests that better wages for everyone would make it harder for the | More

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