The IAPE 1096, the union that represents journalists at Dow Jones & Co. publications equivalent to The Wall Avenue Journal and Barron’s, issued the next assertion on Friday:
Dow Jones introduced a brand new coverage Friday for WSJ information personnel during which the corporate claimed new and doubtlessly expansive rights over staff’ efforts to put in writing books or pursue different exterior tasks. We now have a number of considerations concerning the coverage, which seems to depart from business requirements, and imagine the corporate can’t lawfully impose it by itself.
We can have extra to say later, however for now, know this: We intend to combat this try and unilaterally change the phrases of our employment. IAPE despatched a letter to DJ representatives this afternoon looking for extra info and requesting negotiations.
IAPE was first notified in late March that DJ supposed to hunt revisions and expansions of its insurance policies on exterior tasks. In April, the union raised a sequence of questions on a draft doc introduced by the corporate, and met with firm officers on April 22. In Could, DJ introduced IAPE with an additional revised proposed coverage that didn’t tackle questions beforehand raised by the union. The revisions additionally seemed to be an try and additional develop rights offered to administration.
IAPE anticipated to have additional discussions with administration over the coverage. As an alternative, the corporate introduced it Friday, with out notifying the union first. Previous insurance policies of this nature had been topic to bargaining, and we imagine this one is, too.
Dow Jones additionally has been engaged on extra insurance policies associated to newsroom staff’ involvement with podcasts and newsletters. IAPE believes it has the correct to barter over these insurance policies as nicely.
We now have obtained a gradual stream of suggestions at present from involved members, a few of it fairly offended, over the corporate’s proposed new method. Because of these of you who’ve reached out. If you want to be concerned in our efforts to handle this difficulty, please tell us. Proceed to share your ideas by emailing us at [email protected] or calling the workplace at (609) 275-6020.