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Premiums Grievance Filed


Dec. 15, 2017 -- Following up on our email from Nov. 20 on the member-flagged issue of potential violations of our health-care premium cap protections, IAPE has filed a grievance against Dow Jones as we take defending our contract very seriously.

According to Article XII, Section A.3 of our agreement, with the company, Dow Jones is prohibited from raising premiums from 2017 to 2018 by more than 0.5% of your annual salary. For example, if your annual salary is $85,000, the most the company can increase your premiums in a year is $425 (Thanks to a freeze negotiated by our bargaining committee last year, health-care plan costs for all members were steady for 2017.)

But during last month's open enrollment period for benefits covering 2018, some of our members — particularly those with POS II Family Coverage — noticed their costs will increase by as much as 0.75%. The responses from the company and the DJ Benefits department have been that the increases are permissible. Dow Jones has tried to justify the above-cap increases by saying IAPE-represented employees benefited from a one-year freeze in health care premiums, and that the 2018 increases are permissible because they fall under the cap if factoring what premiums would have been had we not agreed to that 2017 freeze.

While the union navigates the official processes to deal with this | More

Union Plus Benefits

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Happy Friday!

Dec. 8, 2017 -- Dear IAPE Members, I wanted to update you as I wrap up my first full week as union president -- I am heartened to report that things are off to a great start! IAPE's new officers and directors met last Saturday for a day-long meeting in Jersey City. One of two annual gatherings for the union's board, representatives from across classifications and locations discussed important issues including our structure and priorities as well as how we can make IAPE a better resource for you. In the coming weeks, we will be reaching out with details on information sessions, training opportunities and | More

Election Results

Oct. 27, 2017 -- The IAPE Election Committee has been informed by TrueBallot Inc. that a majority of eligible voters have voted to elect Yogita Patel as President of the Independent Association of Publishers' Employees (IAPE), Local 1096 of The NewsGuild-CWA. Ms. Patel received a total of 364 votes, compared to 197 for Robert Johnson and 51 for Bob Kozma. Had any candidate finished first without receiving a majority of votes cast by IAPE members, a run-off election would have been necessary. The IAPE Election Committee declares Ms. Patel elected President, having received 59.48% of members' votes. In the race | More

Candidates' Forum

Oct. 4, 2017 -- The IAPE Election Committee will be hosting two sessions to allow members to meet with and ask questions of our three candidates for the post of union president. The first session will take place at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10 in the Princeton offices of Dow Jones & Company. Session Two will take place Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 1211 Avenue of the Americas in New York. The first session will be held in the Tokyo Room, second floor (building 5) in Princeton. Ellis Island, on the seventh floor at 1211, will be the site for the second session. Refreshments will be served. A call-in line will be available for members to listen | More

Service Awards

Sep. 29, 2017 -- Dow Jones employees who have reached ten, twenty, thirty or forty years of service anniversary dates since July 1st and who are waiting for an invitation to pick out their Dow Jones service award are in for an unpleasant surprise. That's because, unbeknownst to anyone who has not contacted the People Department to inquire about their own award, Dow Jones has unilaterally decided to eliminate the Dow Jones Service Award program. IAPE representatives were informed of this news yesterday during our monthly Labor/Management Committee meeting -- but only after we received | More

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