Contract bargaining with Dow Jones is set to begin— and we wanted to give you a quick heads-up.
We'll be meeting with the company's bargaining committee Tuesday morning, October 31st, to set the ground rules and lay out a schedule of bargaining sessions.
We don't expect the company to offer any real indications of what it'll be asking for in the coming talks— but our goals are well known— and unchanging: more money, better benefits, stronger job security and improved working conditions. In short, a Quality Contract for Quality People.
Our team at the table will be lead by Wall Street Journal reporter Jim Browning and include rank and file representatives from IT, news and support services— along with some professionals: IAPE union organizer Tim Martell, veteran labor lawyer Lowell Peterson and long-time negotiator Bruce Nelson from the Newspaper Guild.
We believe it's the best bargaining team we've assembled in years— but there's a lot of work to be done, and the folks at the table can only accomplish so much.
When its all said and done, what we win will depend more on what we — all of us, working together— do away from the bargaining table than what we say at the bargaining table.
This isn't going to be easy. We think we've already seen an indication of the company's plans with last week's nearly doubling of the health insurance costs managers will have to pay.
None of us can afford to sit on the sidelines.
This has to be your fight— after all, this is your contract. This is your money. This is your job.
We'll make sure that you're kept up to date at every step of the way.
As always, let us know what you think.
Bargaining Committee Chair
IAPE CWA 1096