Union Leadership Seeks Affiliation With Printers International
NEW YORK (AP) _ Nearly a half-century after the founding of the union that has become the largest at Dow Jones & Co., publisher of the Wall Street Journal, the union has decided to affiliate with outside organized labor.
″There is a feeling among the membership and the leadership that it’s time to join the mainstream of labor and become a genuine union, rather than (continue to be) an arm of a paternalistic employer,″ said Eric Frankland, president of the Independent Association of Publishers’ Employees Inc.
″Also, it is perceived that becoming a local of an AFL-CIO affiliate would strengthen our position in negotiations,″ he said.
The IAPE, founded by a group of reporters in 1937, represents 2,000 of Dow Jones’ approximately 6,000 employees. It will affiliate with the Graphic Communications International Union.
IAPE represents reporters and editors, advertising and business employees, mechanics, engineering technicians, sales personnel and graphic artists, among others.
Dow Jones & Co. publishes the Wall Street Journal and Barron’s Weekly and has other properties, including the Ottaway newspaper group.
The union embraced the idea of affiliation last November and considered several unions including the Newspaper Guild, the Communications Workers of America and the International Typographical Union.
The Graphic union already had several contracts with Dow Jones that cover workers employed in pressrooms in Chicago, Dallas, South Brunswick, N.J. and Chicopee, Mass. Frankland said that was a factor in the affiliation decision.
Terms of the affiliation will be worked out over the next 90 days. Both the governing board and the membership must approve the terms by a two-thirds vote.