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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 focused on getting management to move off its 2% position — and have hardly discussed the Union's proposal at all.

After off-record talks Tuesday, Dow Jones returned to the bargaining table with a new proposal on wages — though one without any change in guaranteed percentage increases in any year of the next contract.

This new proposal from management sticks to 2% compensatory increases for 2016, 2017 and 2018, but offers to match any pay raise granted | 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 union@iape1096.org. We'll post your comments ASAP! - More

IAPE Trivia

Aug. 29, 2016 -- IAPE members -- first, a note on timing of our contract trivia questions. We have decided to move this question/prize period from Fridays to Mondays beginning today. When we have pushed our trivia questions back to Mondays due to bargaining recaps on Fridays we've received more responses from our members, leading us to believe more IAPE members are present (or able to read these trivia emails) on Mondays. Plus, winning $50 is a great way to start the workweek (unless your workweek doesn't begin on Monday -- but still, better than not winning $50 on Monday). So, we offer congratulations to South | 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 earlier proposals from recent weeks. But as we've told you in previous notes, Dow Jones also continues to ratchet | 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 company to improve newsroom diversity and properly compensate our best performers. We certainly understand | More

Pressing Pause

Aug. 31, 2016 -- Between our 2% survey and discussions at the bargaining table last week, we thought our message was pretty clear: we're tired of losing half our raises (or more) each year to healthcare cost shifting. We keep hearing we're the premier news organization in the world, yet we're underpaid compared to peers at The New York Times and The Washington Post. Dow Jones needs to pay more. Yesterday, Dow Jones reps responded with more of the same and a message of their own: you're gonna have to convince somebody who sets wage policy. With no further talks scheduled until September 13th, looks like we'll have to take advantage of this pause in contract negotiations to do just that. Yesterday, the Union opened | More


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