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David Bird, 1958-2015


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 working in New York City. They soon found they had much in common — both were the youngest of six children in large Irish-American families, loved traveling and shared an irreverent sense of humor. They were married in 1991 and welcomed their son Alex in 1998 and daughter Tasha in 2001.

David adored his wife and their two children. He especially cherished the last 10 years of his life, made possible by a liver transplant from an anonymous donor in 2004. After David's transplant, the Birds became advocates for organ and tissue donations, and David became an avid walker, runner, cyclist and | 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


Mar. 25, 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

RIP, David Bird

Mar. 19, 2015 -- From The Wall Street Journal: David Christopher Bird, a Wall Street Journal reporter who was missing for more than a year, has been found dead near the site of his disappearance, New Jersey police said. Canoers found a body in northern New Jersey's Passaic River on Wednesday. It was identified as Mr. Bird through dental records on Thursday, the police said. The discovery marks the end of more than a year of searching for Mr. Bird, 55 years old. He worked for Dow Jones for more than two decades, most recently covering energy markets. Mr. Bird leaves behind a wife and two teenage children. "The Bird family would like to thank the many members of law enforcement, especially Chief Michael Mazzeo and the Long Hill Township Police Department, for | 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

Farewell To Radio

Nov. 12, 2014 -- During a meeting today with staff from Wall Street Journal and MarketWatch radio departments, WSJ editor in chief Gerard Baker announced the elimination of all Dow Jones radio operations and positions by the end of this year. The move to shutter the radio division will result in the elimination of some two-dozen Union-represented positions effective December 31, 2014. Management and supervisory positions are also expected to be cut. Headquartered in South Brunswick, NJ, The Wall Street Journal radio network has provided business news programming to radio stations across the United States for more than 30 years. Round the clock business reports are currently delivered to over 470 stations, while 200 stations currently subscribe to | More

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