Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer Feb. 6–12, 2012

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

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From the U.S. and beyond:

From Story Board last week:

  • The Canadian Media Guild fights on behalf of its members in negotiations with The Canadian Press: When the company you’re negotiating with starts off by calling its financial situation “dire,” it’s probably safe to assume you’re in for a long and bumpy ride. That’s the message that the Canadian Media Guild heard from to The Canadian Press late last year, when it began negotiating with the company on behalf of its members. Their contract was expiring at the end of 2011, and CP said that it was looking at cutting wages, benefits, pension, and premiums, even after 10 Guild members had left their jobs—some voluntarily, some not.
  • Letter from CP Ottawa bureau workers expresses anger, disappointment over contract negotiations: Our post earlier this week about the contract negotiations between the Canadian Media Guild, on behalf of its members, and The Canadian Press focused on what both those bodies are asking for, but what about the employees and their voice in all this? More than two months into negotiations, and after the recent appointment of a conciliator for the talks, the CP Ottawa bureau’s workers have written a letter to their colleagues across the country, expressing their frustration and asking for solidarity.

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Posted on February 12, 2012 at 10:23 pm by editor · · Tagged with: ,

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