Bargaining Update 12.06.06
We recorded some small but worthwhile progress during our four-hour bargaining meeting with Dow Jones on Wednesday December 6, 2006, but we also got a clear sign that bargaining will continue to be a long, tough road.
The progress: We reached our first concrete agreement, refining the rules on premium pay. Under the new contract, the minimum pay for work on a day off will rise to five hours (up from four hours), at time and a half. We also clarified some rules that had been vague. We have to file our requests within 30 days and managers have to approve or deny within another 30 days. In addition, management agreed to pay off on three outstanding requests for premium pay that had been in dispute.
Both sides tried to show good will on that, which is a good sign.
But then we started discussing outsourcing, and the mood shifted. The company informed us that they won't agree to anything that would limit their flexibility to outsource whatever and whenever they want. We told them that this is an important issue for Dow Jones employees and that we would have to talk about it, and would have to address it in the contract. They agreed to continue discussions.
The next bargaining session is set for December 19th.
As always, let us know if you have questions.
And remember to wear your IAPE buttons and to apply for premium pay if you work on a day off. Your determination to stand up for yourselves outside of bargaining impresses management a lot more than anything we say during the bargaining meetings themselves.
Bargaining Committee Chair
IAPE CWA 1096
12.06.06 IAPE Podcast. Bargaining Update 12.06.06