Bargaining Update 11.28.06
We bargained with management for four hours Tuesday November 28th— and both sides actually engaged in an exchange of ideas. And that's due to the solidarity that you've shown in the past month.
We strongly defended one of our proposals that would improve your protection from layoffs, and argued against a company proposal that we believe goes the other way, seeking to virtually eliminate seniority protection.
The company offered a compromise on future rules for premium pay, which we are considering. We received some additional details about the company's healthcare costs and proposals, and asked for more information.
We are at the beginning of a long, hard slog during which we will stand up for you, and try to push the company away from cutbacks and costs increases that we believe will harm us all. Sometimes, there may be limited new developments to report. But our ability, day in and day out, to defend what we think is right will have a huge impact on the final outcome.
As we mentioned earlier this week, our willingness to stand up for ourselves away from the bargaining table has surprised the company and strengthened our hand. They did not believe that we would be this unified.
So, over the coming weeks, it remains essential for us to do everything we can to show how serious we are. People need to file for premium pay whenever they work on a weekend or holiday that they wouldn’t normally work. We need to wear IAPE buttons, put the yellow IAPE tents on our desks, and keep showing up for meetings and taking coffee breaks together to demonstrate our unity.
We need to keep reminding management that what we want to do is protect quality at Dow Jones. Quality people deserve a quality contract.
As always, let us know if you have any questions.
Bargaining Committee Chair
IAPE CWA 1096