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Ratification Vote Underway


Jul. 28, 2015 -- Despite a shaky first day of email and internet hiccups, voting is underway in the 2015 IAPE/DJ contract ratification.

Online polls, administered by TrueBallot Election Services and Solutions, opened Monday morning. Email "invitations to vote" were delivered to all who were IAPE members in good standing as of Monday, July 13, 2015.

However, even after assurances by Dow Jones that email from addresses would not be intercepted by the Company email filter, many e-ballots were redirected to spam or quarantine folders, or simply not received at all.

Adding to the first-day woes, the TrueBallot website had a glitch of its own for some time, requiring voters to log in, cancel, and log in a second time in order to see their election choice: whether to approve the 2015 IAPE/DJ contract extension or not.

Early reports from the second day of voting suggest that the process is running better, but still is not perfect. A second delivery of email notices was sent to eligible members early Tuesday morning, with most IAPE members reporting ballots received in Inboxes and no difficulty casting their votes.

A small number of members still report ballots delivered to Dow Jones | 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

Union Discounts

Jul. 7, 2015 -- Whatever your budget, you'll want to have fun and save money as the months get warmer. Whether you're taking in a ballgame, sightseeing in your hometown, or kicking back with a movie marathon, your union member discounts will let you truly relax into summer. Root, root, root for the home team. Tickets to baseball games all around the country are majorly discounted through Union Plus. With savings of $5-$25 per ticket, your union brothers and sisters maycome along to help cheer your team to victory. Take in a Broadway show. If you live near New York City, Broadway tickets and a hotel stay are affordable with your | More

Another Extension

Jul. 13, 2015 -- PRINCETON, NJ (July 13, 2015) -- The Independent Association of Publishers' Employees (IAPE), Local 1096 of The NewsGuild - Communications Workers of America, has reached a tentative agreement with Dow Jones and Company on another one-year extension of the collective agreement covering more than 1,400 employees across the United States and in Canada. The deal has been reviewed by The NewsGuild and approved for ratification vote of the IAPE membership. The elected Board of Directors of Local 1096 has, by majority vote, opted to recommend the extension, which will be presented to IAPE members for ratification later this month. If approved by the membership, this would mark the second one-year extension of a collective | More

Vote YES

Jul. 13, 2015 -- IAPE members -- The Union Bargaining Committee, which consists of members of the Executive Council of the IAPE Board of Directors, has reached a tentative agreement with the company on another one-year extension of the current collective-bargaining agreement. The extension negotiated in 2014 expired on June 30, but the collective agreement provides for an automatic 60-day extension of terms and conditions. A majority of the IAPE Board has voted to recommend IAPE members accept this new one-year extension. As was the case in 2014, salaries will be increased 2%, retroactive to July 1, 2015. For employees paid according to our introductory tiers and scales, all scales will increase 1%. The absolute minimum salary increase | More

Survey Says . . .

Jun. 30, 2015 -- IAPE members have spoken, and their message seems clear. Last week, the IAPE Bargaining Committee conducted an online survey of IAPE members, asking whether they would prefer to extend the current contract between the Union and Dow Jones & Company for another year -- keeping all terms, including the Company's flexibility to modify healthcare -- or negotiate toward a replacement for the deal set to expire today. IAPE members responded, and three-quarters of the membership delivered a message: extend the contract. Out of 662 survey replies, reflecting approximately 47% of the bargaining unit covered by this contract, 497 opted to extend the current contract. 148 -- or 22.36% -- wanted to negotiate a new deal, | More

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