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Dow Jones Loses WSL Seniority Dispute

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Dow Jones Loses WSL Seniority Dispute

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Dow Jones loses WSJ seniority dispute

An arbitrator reinstated with back pay four Wall Street Journal staffers who were laid off last year despite seniority.

Arbitrator Jonathan S. Liebowitz also awarded up to $210,000 in retraining costs to 21 former composing room employees who had lost their jobs.

The ruling Oct. 21 came in grievances filed by the Independent Association of Publishers' Employees after Dow Jones & Co. Inc. closed the Journal's Philadelphia bureau and its Naperville, Ill., composing operation.

In binding arbitration, Liebowitz upheld the union on three of seven issues. He rejected union claims that the layoffs discriminated against Hispanic employees.

The ruling requires the Journal to post job openings for three reporters and a composing room worker and rehire workers based on seniority.

Liebowitz ruled that because the 21 composing room workers used a substantial amount of advanced composition technology, each qualifies for up to $10,000 worth of retraining.

Dow Jones claimed composing room workers were laid off in a consolidation of redundant operations from Naperville to Dallas, not because of technology. …

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