This morning the IAPE bargaining team met for the first time in two weeks with company negotiators, and the talks were not promising. We had hoped the company would use the time it had opted to spend away from the bargaining table to find common ground with us, especially after we've made extra efforts to reach a compromise. Instead, the company made a proposal on wages that backtracks from its previous position.
The latest DJ proposal sticks with its call for 2% raises each year in a three-year agreement, retroactive to July 2016, coupled with higher costs for health care. But now Dow Jones wants the option to terminate the contract for either the second or third years. That would mean the company's already underwhelming offer wouldn't be guaranteed after this year.
DJ negotiators say business conditions now necessitate that they have this flexibility. We were told today that Dow Jones' business "is going through a transformation." There is volatility in the advertising-sales market and "there is no evidence that the trend will reverse," we were told. | More
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll post your comments ASAP! - More