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Dues Cap To Increase

Jan. 26, 2017 -- The Independent Association of Publishers' Employees has informed Dow Jones that the annual increase in the cap on Union dues payments should be implemented as soon as possible.

In a letter to Company officials today, the Union asked Dow Jones to process the increase as required by a 2005 referendum of the IAPE membership.

Once the Payroll Department recalculates dues payment rates for employees, the capped amount on Union dues will rise by 43 cents, from $21.61 to $22.04 per pay period.

The percentage rate for IAPE dues — 0.7% of base pay (and commissions, where applicable) — has not changed. The only members immediately affected by this increase are those with gross, bi-weekly salaries between $3,087.14 and $3,148.57.

On November 18, 2005, IAPE members approved the following in a membership referendum:

Dues shall be assessed at a rate of 0.007 (or 0.7%, collected on base pay plus commissions only) with a cap of $20.77 per pay period, effective on the first of the month, 60 days after ratification.

Thereafter, the individual cap shall be increased annually by no more than the percentage amount of the average compensatory increase in all contracts between IAPE and each employer.

The 2016 compensatory increase for each IAPE collective agreement with Dow Jones & Company was 2%, requiring a 2% increase to the dues cap.

Boosting the cap on Union dues is a matter of equity: immediately following our 2005 dues referendum, only IAPE members with bi-weekly salaries at or below $2,967.14 paid the full 0.7% of their earnings. The original $20.77 cap represented a smaller percentage of salary — in many cases significantly smaller — for our higher-paid members. | More

CWA SCHOLARSHIP

Fifteen partial college scholarships of $3,000 each are being offered by the CWA Joe Beirne Foundation for the 2017-2018 school year. Winners, selected in a lottery drawing, also will receive second-year scholarships of the same amount contingent upon satisfactory academic accomplishment. Part-time students, less than 12 credits, will receive half of the scholarship monies. Final deadline for the 2017-2018 school year is April 29, 2017. - More

Happy Holidays!

Dec. 23, 2016 -- Very best wishes to all IAPE-represented employees and their loved ones for a healthy and happy holiday season. The IAPE office will be closed on Monday, December 26th in observance of the Christmas holiday and Monday, January 2nd after we ring in the New Year. Dow Jones locations also observe the holidays on these dates. As a reminder, the IAPE/DJ contract defines paid holidays as follows: The following shall be considered holidays: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas, or the days celebrated by the United States federal | More


Contract Ratified

Nov. 29, 2016 -- A majority of IAPE TNG-CWA Local 1096 members at the "main" Dow Jones bargaining unit have approved a new, three-year collective agreement. Following an extended voting period, and after the close of polls on Monday at 4:00 PM EST, the IAPE Election Committee announced 65.23% of voting members opted to approve the new agreement, while 34.64% chose to reject the contract. 791 of 1,187 eligible voters cast ballots for an impressive return rate of 66.64%, edging out the 65.69% of IAPE members who voted on the 2007-10 contract as the highest rate of voter turnout in recent years. The Union's election | More

Immediate Release

Nov. 15, 2016 -- PRINCETON, NJ (November 15, 2016) -- The Independent Association of Publishers' Employees (IAPE), Local 1096 of The NewsGuild - Communications Workers of America and Dow Jones & Company have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year collective bargaining agreement covering some 1,300 employees across the United States and in Canada. The deal, agreed to by representatives of the Union and the Company, has been reviewed by the elected Board of Directors of Local 1096, and will be presented to IAPE members for a ratification vote later this month. The new agreement (succeeding | More

Tentative Agreement

Nov. 15, 2016 -- IAPE members -- Following up on this morning's joint announcement of a tentative contract agreement between IAPE and Dow Jones & Company, we, the members of the Union negotiating committee, want to take just a few minutes of your time to explain what this deal means and what happens next. The bottom line: we now have a tentative agreement, and you will be asked to vote beginning this Friday on whether to ratify a contract. This won't be a straw poll; it'll be a binding vote. Consider it a referendum. Ideally, Dow Jones would be offering terms that we liked enough to comfortably | More


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