Bargaining on CBC freelance issues underway

In November members of the CMG freelance bargaining subcommittee met with CBC management to begin negotiations on provisions for freelancers in the CMG-CBC collective agreement, which expires March 31, 2019. 

The major issues under discussion are 

– the proper use of contracts including:

       – the appropriate use of the different categories 

       – when members should be hired as temporary vs. freelance contract

– the process to produce a contract or reasonable alternative before work begins

– clarity regarding freelancers who do temporary employee work as well

– appropriate language regarding the engagement of minors

– rates that reflect the value freelancers bring to CBC

Three more days of negotiations are planned for January. In the meantime, if you freelance at the CBC and have any concerns about the above issues, please get in touch with Freelance Branch President Don Genova at freelance@cmg.ca

Don Genova, Freelance Branch President
Alison Motluk, CMG Freelance Member
Jonathan Spence, CMG-CBC Branch President
Karen Wirsig, CMG Staff Representative

Posted on December 10, 2018 at 7:00 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer Dec 4-10

Once a week, we gather stories about the media business, journalism, writing, communications, and freelancing—with a Canadian focus—and share them in Off the Wire. Who needs a water cooler?

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From Canada:

From The U.S. and beyond:

Recently on Story Board:

  • New webinars for CMG Freelance members: As a union for freelancers, one of the supports that CMG Freelance offers is professional development opportunities. In addition to in-person training opportunities, we’ve also run almost two dozen webinars over the past few years on subjects ranging from social media for freelancers, to financial planning, to pitching stories, to negotiating contracts…

Spot a story you think we should include in next week’s Off the Wire? Email the link to editor@thestoryboard.ca or tweet us at @storyboard_ca.

Posted on December 9, 2018 at 8:51 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT

New webinars for CMG Freelance members

Annika Reinhardt leading the “State Your Worth” webinar.

As a union for freelancers, one of the supports that CMG Freelance offers is professional development opportunities.

In addition to in-person training opportunities, we’ve also run almost two dozen webinars over the past few years on subjects ranging from social media for freelancers, to financial planning, to pitching stories, to negotiating contracts.

For the past couple of years, we’ve been inviting anyone who is interested to participate in our webinars live. But one of the benefits of membership in CMG Freelance is the ability to watch archived webinars in the members section of our website.

We’ve updated that page with a few new webinars recently.

The most recent webinar is “State Your Worth” with negotiation and compensation professional Annika Reinhardt, the founder of Talent Collective. We’ve also just posted a webinar with lawyer Mark Donald, who offers legal advice for journalists on defamation, privacy concerns and reporting in conflict zones.

If you’re a member, take a few minutes to browse through the list and take advantage of this training resource. If you’re not yet a CMG Freelance member, you can find more information about the cost and benefits of membership in the union right here.

 

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Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer Nov 27-Dec 3

Once a week, we gather stories about the media business, journalism, writing, communications, and freelancing—with a Canadian focus—and share them in Off the Wire. Who needs a water cooler?

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From Canada:

From The U.S. and beyond:

Recently on Story Board:

  • Ann Douglas on the seven stages of book publishing: Douglas, whose many published books include the “Mother of All” parenting series, gave a presentation at the recent Level Up writers’ conference in Toronto. She offered reams of helpful advice gleaned from her own experiences in the publishing world…

Spot a story you think we should include in next week’s Off the Wire? Email the link to editor@thestoryboard.ca or tweet us at @storyboard_ca.

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Ann Douglas on the seven stages of book publishing

Thinking about writing a book? If so, Ann Douglas has some advice for you.

Douglas, whose many published books include the “Mother of All” parenting series, gave a presentation at the recent Level Up writers’ conference in Toronto. Her talk focused on the process of publishing non-fiction books through traditional publishing avenues. She offered reams of helpful advice gleaned from her own experiences in the publishing world.

Douglas says there are seven stages in the book publishing process, all of which are rife with potential pitfalls.

Stage One: The book idea

Whether you have one burning idea you’ve always wanted to write, or 25 wildly different ideas for a book, your first task is to find a focus. Ask yourself, says Douglas: what is the best project for me, for the reader and for a potential publisher right now? One potential pitfall here, she says, is not taking the time to assess your idea. Will anyone actually want to buy this book?
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Posted on November 27, 2018 at 6:00 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer Nov 20-26

Once a week, we gather stories about the media business, journalism, writing, communications, and freelancing—with a Canadian focus—and share them in Off the Wire. Who needs a water cooler?

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From Canada:

From The U.S. and beyond:

Recently on Story Board:

  • Story Board is eight today: Happy birthday to us! Eight years ago today, CMG Freelance and the Canadian Writers Group launched this blog with the intention of sharing information and building a sense of community among Canadian freelancers…
  • 2019 Dalton Camp Award deadline December 1: The deadline for the 2019 Dalton Camp Award is fast approaching. The competition offers prizes for the best essay or essays about the link between democracy and the media in Canada…
  • “A Very Merry Class Action Christmas” Holiday Party: If you’re a Toronto-area factual TV worker, you’re invited to a holiday party hosted by the Canadian Media Guild’s Fairness in Factual TV campaign…

Spot a story you think we should include in next week’s Off the Wire? Email the link to editor@thestoryboard.ca or tweet us at @storyboard_ca.

Posted on November 25, 2018 at 8:00 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Story Board is eight today!

Happy birthday to us! 

Eight years ago today, CMG Freelance and the Canadian Writers Group launched this blog with the intention of sharing information and building a sense of community among Canadian freelancers.

Since then, we’ve published nearly 1300 posts that serve as a resource for independent creators across Canada.

Story Board’s first post was a list of tips for negotiating with a client, which included advice on contracts and copyright. Eight years later, we’re still covering these kinds of topics with in-depth posts, public campaigns and informational webinars.

We have also commissioned a wide range of freelancers to write and comment on all aspects of freelance life and continue to encourage idea submissions.

Freelance branch anniversary

This year is also an important one for our freelance union itself: it’s the twentieth anniversary of the creation of the freelance branch of the Canadian Media Guild.

Errol Salamon, a postdoctoral associate at the University of Minnesota, says the freelance branch was created during the first few months of 1998. Salamon, who is currently researching a book about media labour, says that according to the first freelance branch newsletter in May 1998, the branch was launched to provide freelancers who contribute their works and talents to CBC/Radio Canada with contractual protection and access to insurance and retirement benefits. A CMG bylaw amendment formalized the Freelance Branch in March 1999.

This inclusion of self-employed workers into a labour agreement is an anomaly in Canadian labour law, and is an exceptional case for a labour union. Since its creation, branch executives and CMG staff have consistently worked to improve conditions — including rates and intellectual property ownership — for freelancers at CBC/Radio Canada.

Although the branch only represented CBC freelancers for the first decade and a half of its existence, CMG Freelance has since expanded to offer independent membership to freelancers who work in all types of media, creative, knowledge, IT and communications fields. You can find out more about membership in the union right here.

We’re taking a moment today to celebrate how far we’ve come… and we hope you’ll join us as we build momentum and continue to advocate for the rights of independent workers in Canada. We’re stronger together.

Posted on November 22, 2018 at 6:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

2019 Dalton Camp Award deadline December 1

The deadline for the 2019 Dalton Camp Award is fast approaching. The annual essay competition is open to submissions until Friday, December 1 at 8 p.m. EST. The competition offers prizes for the best essay or essays about the link between democracy and the media in Canada.

The competition is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Essays must be written in English and not exceed 2000 words in length.

The Dalton Camp Award was founded by the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting in 2002. Last year, a prize of $10,000 was awarded to the winning essay. A second prize of $2500 was also awarded to a student submission.

For more information or to submit an entry for the Dalton Camp Award, check out this page on the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting’s website.

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‘A Very Merry Class Action Christmas’ Holiday Party

If you’re a Toronto-area factual TV worker, you’re invited to a holiday party hosted by the Canadian Media Guild’s Fairness in Factual TV campaign.

Join your factual TV colleagues for an evening to celebrate the class action launched by Cavalluzzo LLP, an important step towards fairness in the industry. Come and raise a glass to Anna Bourque, the woman who has stepped up to represent workers in the lawsuit.

Enjoy free drinks and snacks as you talk to your colleagues about the changes you’d like to work on to improve the industry. If you bring a copy of your current or a former contract (personal information can be blacked out) and get an extra drink ticket. These contracts are really useful for Cavalluzzo LLP lawyers and will be kept confidential.

The party is scheduled for Wednesday, November 28 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Hotel Ocho (195 Spadina Ave). This event is free to attend, but please register for your ticket on this Eventbrite page.

And if you’ve been wondering about the class action lawsuit against Cineflix Canada, you can now stream the informational webinar that Fairness in Factual held last week. In this webinar, you’ll hear details about the case from ‘representative plaintiff’ Anna Bourque and Tassia Poynter, the lawyer at Cavalluzzo LLP who is heading up this lawsuit. Just enter your email address at this link and you’ll be able to access the recording.

 

Posted on November 20, 2018 at 6:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer Nov 13-19

Once a week, we gather stories about the media business, journalism, writing, communications, and freelancing—with a Canadian focus—and share them in Off the Wire. Who needs a water cooler?

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From Canada:

From The U.S. and beyond:

Recently on Story Board:

  • Working from home during personal chaos: How can you keep your freelance career on track during times of change? Here are some ways to cope when the boundaries between your professional workspace and personal life become blurred…
  • November media mixer in Toronto: Toronto-area freelancers, media workers and students, it’s getting darker and chillier out there, but CWA Canada is holding a social event that will brighten up your November…

Spot a story you think we should include in next week’s Off the Wire? Email the link to editor@thestoryboard.ca or tweet us at @storyboard_ca.

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