February 4, 2010

Bargaining Update 02.04.10

Thursday, February 4, 2010 was another day at the bargaining table with the Company. No breakthrough, but it was another constructive and worthwhile session.

We spent a good deal of time talking about seniority, job protection and severance packages. We also shared the most recent comments from members about premium pay — comments that the company took seriously.

We also touched, yet again, on the question of bargaining waivers — and made it clear, yet again, your opposition to the Company's initial demand for blanket waivers.

There's still a lot of bargaining to be done and a lot of issues to be covered, but it's critical that you — and every other employee of Dow Jones — stay engaged and active. Management notices what you do — and what you don't do.
It's important that you make your voice heard.

If you are opposed to the blanket waivers initially proposed by the Company, management needs to hear from you. Post a "Keep It in the Contract" poster at your desk — tape it to the back of your chair, if there's no other spot available. If you haven't received a poster from a board member or steward yet, let us know. We'll get one to you.

You can also follow the bargaining — and offer your comments — on IAPE's Facebook page.

As always, if you need anything, let us know.

IAPE Bargaining Committee
Steve Yount
Bob Kozma
Rob Johnson
Patricia Corley
Erin Rodgers
Andy Georgiades
Amy Merrick
Bruce Nelson
Tim Martell