Dow Jones union: No more free labor

The union representing Dow Jones employees says management is laying off staffers — 62 so far this year — and telling those who remain on the job that “we simply have to do more with less.” Union president Steven Yount tells union members: “From now on, you have to file for every dime the contract says that the company owes you.”

From: Steven Yount [president of IAPE, the Dow Jones employees union]
Sent: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 3:44 PM
To: Steven Yount
Cc: Tim Martell
Subject: NO MORE FREE LABOR

Friends,

Since the first of the year, Dow Jones has laid off 62 of your co-workers (31 of them in the last week of June) and once again senior manaement is telling you “we simply have to do more with less.” That means they get more and you get less.

The company is counting, as always, on your willingness to work for free: stay late or work weekends and never charge the company.

Those days of free labor have to end.

Not everyone is eligible for overtime (most reporters aren’t eligible for overtime, but all are eligible for, at least, comp time) and everyone is eligible for holiday pay and a premium for working on a scheduled day off.

From now on, you have to file for every dime the contract says that the company owes you.

We have to clearly demonstrate that we’re tired of “Doing More With Less” and that there’s No More Free Labor from Dow Jones employees. I promise you that IAPE will aggressively pursue each and every claim.

If you have any problems or questions, let me know or reach out directly to union organizer Tim Martell.

Steve Yount
President
IAPE CWA 1096

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