Stake your claims: More tax tips for freelancers from the Born Freelancer

This series of posts by the Born Freelancer will share personal experiences and thoughts on issues relevant to freelancers. Have something to add to the conversation? Your input is welcome in the comments. In my last post I talked about being a freelancer and the preparation required to pay taxes. I thought I’d covered most […]

Posted on March 16, 2012 at 9:03 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,

Fun, retro-style video from CMG drives home reasons to join a union

For those not yet convinced, this video commissioned by the Canadian Media Guild/CWA Canada cheekily illustrates a few good reasons to join a union. Produced by MyFilm Productions, with music by Incompetech, the narrative centres on “Jenny,” who is excited to start her new job, only to discover that she was hired to replace a […]

Posted on March 2, 2012 at 12:19 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,

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 […]

Posted on February 10, 2012 at 10:28 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,

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 […]

Posted on February 8, 2012 at 10:29 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,

Thomson Reuters Moves 22 Canadian Jobs to India

The Thomson Reuters newsroom in Toronto will lose a third of its employees this spring, when the news agency will offshore its online desk. Management informed employees today that 17 permanent and 5 temporary positions will move to Bangalore, India, in March. This will reportedly leave five online desk employees in Toronto. The Canadian Media […]

Posted on December 15, 2011 at 6:19 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Required reading: A look at freelance writers and collective organizing in Canada

Nicole S. Cohen, a PhD candidate in York University’s Communication and Culture graduate program, is working on a large project on historical and contemporary efforts to organize freelance writers. As part of that project, she’s written a paper entitled “Negotiating Writers’ Rights: Freelance Cultural Labour and the Challenge of Organizing,” recently published in Just Labour: […]

WANTED: Freelance writer (or best offer)

Is this what the publishing world has come to that companies in search of freelance writers must resort to Craigslist?

Posted on August 11, 2011 at 3:37 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , , ,

New Star freelance contracts raising eyebrows

The Toronto Star has been issuing new agreements to its freelancers that contain broader language than previous ones. According to some freelancers we heard from, there was less pressure to sign and return the contracts when they were first distributed, but after questions were raised about its wording, a hard deadline was set. There are […]

Posted on June 30, 2011 at 12:42 pm by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , , ,

Taking stock: what have previous freelancer surveys uncovered?

Keeping track of what’s happening in the media field is of benefit to everyone, whether you’re on staff, in management, or a freelancer. When negotiating terms for your own work, knowing industry standards and how other freelancers are faring is essential. And when collective action is called for, having hard data to back up your […]

To be or not to be (in a union), that is the question

This series of posts by the Born Freelancer will share personal experiences and thoughts on issues relevant to freelancers. Have something to add to the conversation? Your input is welcome in the comments. “I wouldn’t belong to any club that would have me as a member” — attributed to Groucho Marx I usually feel the […]

Posted on May 26, 2011 at 1:57 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,