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Apr. 20, 2016 -- "USA Today has come out with a new survey — apparently, three out of every four people make up 75% of the population." — David Letterman

Oh, how we miss Dave. And yes, it's true that surveys measure almost anything these days. The question is, which ones are really worth your time and attention.

When it comes to your thoughts on the IAPE contract, we truly believe our survey is worth your time. We can assure you we're paying attention.

Last week, IAPE members received email invitations to voice their opinions on the IAPE contract thorough four "themed" surveys: Bargaining Issues, Health Care Benefits, Pay and Overtime, and Job Security & Satisfaction.

The response from IAPE members has been impressive and informative. That's good, because it is the will of the IAPE membership which will determine the course of 2016 IAPE contract negotiations at Dow Jones.

If you have not yet had an opportunity to submit your answers to one or all of our surveys, there is still time. We plan on keeping these links active through the end of this weekend, April 24th. Then your Union representatives will work on analyzing survey results and tailoring our proposals for a new | 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. - More

IAPE Trivia

Apr. 29, 2016 -- Ah, trick questions. You gotta love them. Not many correct answers this week, IAPE members -- however, those who did dig a little deeper to research last week's question knew that the absolute maximum payout, in weeks of severance pay, under the terms of the current IAPE/DJ contract is 56 weeks' pay -- 52 weeks of salary for any employee with more than 24 full years of service whose position is eliminated via layoff, and an extra four weeks' pay if that layoff is the result of outsourcing. Congratulations to New York member Christopher | More

DJ Responds

Mar. 23, 2016 -- Today, in an email to all staff, Dow Jones CEO and Wall Street Journal Publisher William Lewis responded to a March 8th article posted by IAPE Local 1096 on its website that called attention to pay inequities across Union-represented positions at Dow Jones & Company. "Any pay disparity relating to an employee's race or gender is troubling and inconsistent with the standards I strive to maintain at Dow Jones," Mr. Lewis said in his statement. "We must, as a matter of urgency, address these issues head on. "I have asked the Executive Leadership Team to do a thorough review of our current hiring, development and compensation programs to ensure diversity and equality are prioritised. This will include a deep analysis of recruitment and | More

Pay Equity?

Mar. 8, 2016 -- In 1991, as part of a grievance challenging Dow Jones layoffs, IAPE looked at rates of pay among Union-represented women and men at Dow Jones and the results were startling: Among all job classifications, women made up 46% of the workforce and were paid approximately 24% less than men, on average. IAPE had been badgering Dow Jones management about discrimination and bias for years, but this was the first time the Union had conducted a comprehensive review of salary data relative to gender and race or ethnicity. Members were angry and demanded action. Two years later -- after initially rebuffing IAPE proposals -- the Company relented and agreed to a non-discrimination clause in the IAPE/DJ collective agreement. In | More

Dues Cap Increase

Feb. 29, 2016 -- IAPE members -- when you have a chance to look at your Dow Jones pay statement later this week, many of you will notice a small increase in your bi-weekly IAPE dues assessment. Effective with this week's deposit, the capped amount on Union dues has increased from $21.19 to $21.61 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 $3,027.00 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 | More

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