The IAPE said the contract would have slashed health benefits and provided wage increases that did not keep pace with inflation. Of the 1,017 valid ballots cast, 83.6% rejected the proposal.
âThis vote should make it clear to Dow Jones management that we are serious about getting a contract that properly rewards us for the work we do, and gives us the health-care coverage we deserve,â Tom Lauricella, IAPE's newsroom director, said in a statement.
In November, Dow Jones announced a tentative contract settlement with the IAPE. At the time, Dow Jones also announced that it was paying $1,000 bonuses to non-IAPE employees. It said the bonuses would also be available to IAPE employees upon ratification of the contract.
-- Sean Callahan