July 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 for all full-time IAPE-represented employees will be $20 per week (gross). These salary increases will likely will be reflected in September paychecks.
All other terms of the contract remain in place until June 30, 2016, including contract language that places a cap on annual health care premium increases, but gives management "the discretion and flexibility to change and modify its benefit plan design and coverages" without "substantially reduc(ing) the totality of the benefits package."**
The IAPE Election Committee has established a ratification voting period of July 27-31, 2015. Contract ratification notices will be mailed to all members in good standing (as of July 13, 2015) and ballots will be emailed to all beginning on July 27th.
If you do not wish to receive your contract ballot at your Dow Jones email address, please contact the IAPE office.