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Buyout Rumors? Surprise!

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May. 20, 2015 -- We were surprised to learn today that buyouts may have been "offered" to Wall Street Journal staff. When IAPE TNG/CWA Local 1096, the largest Union representing employees at Dow Jones & Company, approached management earlier this year and asked about buyouts, we were given the standard response: There is no organized effort to offer buyouts to staff members, but management is always willing to listen if an employee is interested in leaving and wonders if a separation package might be available.

That these discussions happen every year is absolutely accurate — end of fiscal and calendar years are always circled on our calendar. We have come to expect small reorganizations in all IAPE-represented departments at Dow Jones. In fact, as our layoff list (http://iape1096.org/info/layoffStatus.php) shows, 46 IAPE-represented employees have been affected by workforce reductions so far this year.

(Many of the Customer Service moves are the result of a transfer of positions from New York to South Brunswick, NJ — employees were given an opportunity to move with those jobs, or receive a layoff package. Net headcount may actually increase once the dust settles.) | More

Bird Family Trust

IAPE will match contributions to the Bird Family Trust until we reach $10,000. Please continue to send your checks, payable to the Bird Family Trust, to the IAPE office (5 Schalks Crossing Road, Suite 220, Plainsboro, NJ, 08536), or mail them directly to the trust: Bird Family Trust, P.O. Box 234, Millington, N.J. 07946. If you mail your donation directly to the Bird Trust, please send a photocopy of your check to the IAPE office so we may deliver our matching amount. Contributions may also be made directly to the family's YouCaring fundraiser account. Please also inform IAPE of any donations delivered via that website. - More

What IAPE Does

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Apr. 1, 2015 -- Your union is involved every day in the effort to defend your contract rights -- and, every day, we're ready to help via a number of committees meeting with management on a regular, on-going, basis. | More


Contract Time Again

Apr. 1, 2015 -- IAPE members -- it's that time again. The one-year extension of our 2010-14 collective agreement will expire in three months, and either Dow Jones or IAPE may initiate negotiations beginning May 1st. IAPE representatives are busy preparing proposals for a new contract with Dow Jones & Company. Officers will be visiting with members at many of our locations, and IAPE directors will meet on April 24th to discuss the Union's bargaining plans. And, as we do before every round of contract talks with Dow Jones, we'll be reaching out to you, our members, for your input and suggestions. We're curious: what does the IAPE contract mean to you? What would you like to see changed or added? Which current provisions would you like to see improved, and | More

In Memoriam

Mar. 25, 2015 -- David C. Bird, who went missing on January 11, 2014, after going for a walk near his home in Millington, NJ, was found dead on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. David, 55 years old when he vanished, was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones for more than 20 years. He is a former reporter for the Fort Myers News-Press, The Times of Trenton, the Lawrence Ledger, AP/Dow Jones, McGraw Hill News, and Knight-Ridder. A 1980 journalism graduate from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ, David graduated Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville in 1976. He attended elementary school at Our Lady of Sorrows School in Hamilton Township, Mercer County, NJ, where he grew up. In 1989, David met his future wife, Nancy Fleming, while they were both | More

Dues Cap Increase

Feb. 19, 2015 -- IAPE members -- when you have a chance to look at your Dow Jones pay statement today, many of you will notice a small increase in your bi-weekly IAPE dues assessment. Effective this pay period, the capped amount on Union dues has increased from $20.77 to $21.19 per pay period. The percentage rate for IAPE dues -- 0.7% of base pay (and commissions, where applicable) -- has not changed. The only members immediately affected by this increase are those with gross, bi-weekly salaries of $2,967.14 or higher. On November 18, 2005, IAPE members approved the following in a membership referendum: Dues shall be assessed at a rate of 0.007 (or 0.7%, collected on base pay plus commissions only) with a cap of $20.77 per pay period, effective on the | More


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