Hey, CBC Freelancers, You’re Getting A Raise!

By Don Genova, CMG Freelance Branch President Journalists who contribute to the CBC on a freelance basis are now subject to new minimum rates as of April 1, 2017. The Canadian Media Guild and CBC have agreed to a 1.5% across-the-board increase in rates contained in the collective agreement. This means the rates have risen […]

Posted on April 6, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,

Join the CMG at the CNE on Labour Day

Freelancers and other media workers are invited to join the Canadian Media Guild for a Labour Day parade in Toronto on Monday, September 5th. The parade starts at 9 a.m. at University and Queen Street West in Toronto and ends at the CNE where participants will get free admission to the fair. Family and friends welcome. If […]

Posted on August 24, 2016 at 6:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Freelancers helped invent digital communications tools to build online networks

This post is the sixth in a series called “E-Lancer Writes,” exploring the working conditions, rights, and collective organizing strategies of freelance journalists, interns, and other low-wage or temporary digital media workers.   By Errol Salamon  Before the Internet and World Wide Web became fully commercialized in the mid-1990s, freelance writers and photographers began using […]

Posted on July 5, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Freelancers represent at the 2016 CMG convention

Last weekend media workers from across Canada came together in Toronto to discuss working conditions and the future of our industry. The biennial Canadian Media Guild convention took place on June 4th and 5th at the Holiday Inn Yorkdale. And freelancers, as always, were part of the event. CMG Freelance branch president Don Genova and a group of freelance […]

Posted on June 9, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

CMG plans to raise freelance issues at Vice Canada bargaining table

The Canadian Media Guild says the union plans to address the working conditions of freelancers and temporary workers at Vice Canada.

Posted on June 7, 2016 at 10:01 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

VICE Canada employees have voted to unionize

Yesterday news broke that VICE Canada employees have voted in favour of joining the Canadian Media Guild. The labour board will soon issue a formal bargaining certificate.  The bargaining unit will include all VICE employees across the country aside from managers and salespeople. Vice freelancers are invited to share their concerns about their working conditions […]

Posted on June 2, 2016 at 9:30 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

CMG submits application for Vice Canada union

The Vice Canada union campaign reached an important milestone last week — the Canadian Media Guild filed for certification with the Canadian Industrial Relations Board. The labour board now needs to confirm that the union has support from at least 40% of employees. After that, the board will call for a vote. Employees who haven’t yet signed a union […]

Posted on May 3, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Freelance Rates Rising at CBC/Radio-Canada

The Canadian Media Guild and CBC have agreed to an across-the-board wage increase of 1.5% for 2016-17.  This increase is also applicable to all the minimum rates applicable to Freelance Contributors. The increase is effective April 1st and the new rates should be posted at cmg.ca and cmgfreelance.ca within the next couple of days. The one exception is the […]

Posted on April 7, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Vice freelancers: The CMG wants to hear from you

If you’re a regular freelancer for Vice Canada, the Canadian Media Guild would like to hear about your experiences and working conditions. CMG organizer Karen Wirsig is involved in the Vice Canada unionizing drive that began late last year. She says Vice employees have told her they’re concerned about how freelancers are treated by the company. […]

Posted on March 8, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

Vice Media workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your unicorn!

By Errol Salamon This post is the second in a series called “E-Lancer Writes,” exploring the working conditions, rights, and collective organizing strategies of freelance journalists, interns, and other low-wage or temporary digital media workers. Workers at Vice Media are leading efforts to unionize digital media workplaces. These efforts have spread internationally from the United […]

Posted on February 26, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,