CWA Canada, human rights group help journalist escape Afghanistan

By Roberta Staley For CWA Canada   Shortly after 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 23, while heading for the Nangarhar Highway in a hired car, Raihan Tamanna glanced back for the last time at the fading lights of Kabul. The road was empty and the weather good, but numerous Taliban checkpoints lay ahead. Every stop along […]

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National Observer staff officially unionized with CWA Canada

Staff at the National Observer became CWA Canada’s newest members Wednesday with the announcement that an application for union certification had been approved. The Canadian Media Guild (CWA Canada Local 30213) filed for certification with the Canada Industrial Relations Board in December after a strong majority of workers signed union cards. The daily news website, […]

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New Association Formed to Represent Canadian Media and Communications Professionals

January 16th, 2020 The membership of the Professional Writers Association of Canada has resoundingly voted to amalgamate with the independent membership of the Canadian Media Guild Freelance Branch to form the Canadian Freelance Guild. This new association, totalling close to 400 members, will be founded within CWA Canada, the oldest and only all-media union in […]

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CMG Freelance On the Move

My fellow members, as of 2020, the independent membership portion of the Canadian Media Guild Freelance Branch will be moving to a new home at our parent organization, CWA-Canada. This move will give our group more autonomy to run our own affairs while at the same time preserving the benefits we currently enjoy from being […]

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Excitement builds with advances in campaign for factual TV workers

A new website is giving a public face to the hundreds of professionals who are determined to secure better pay, benefits and working conditions in the unscripted TV industry. The Fairness in Factual TV campaign that was launched six years ago by CWA Canada and its biggest local, the Canadian Media Guild, has gained both momentum and […]

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Media freedom global pledge comes up short: CWA Canada

A media freedom global pledge that emerged from a London conference is laudable, but doesn’t go far enough, said CWA Canada President Martin O’Hanlon, who attended the July 10-11 gathering. “If you really want to make things better, you’ve got to hit the offenders in the pocket book,” said O’Hanlon. “Do that and things will improve overnight.” […]

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CWA Canada seeks writer for union history project

CWA Canada, the country’s only all-media union, is looking for a journalist/writer to research and write a 50-page booklet on the history of the union. Please apply if you write with flair, have proven research and organizational skills, are able to work independently – and always meet deadlines. The project is to be completed by December […]

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IATSE joins forces with CWA Canada in fight for better working conditions for factual / reality TV workers

TORONTO (Jan. 29, 2019) – Two of Canada’s top media and entertainment unions announced an innovative partnership today to improve working conditions and organize workers in factual/reality television. The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), North America’s largest entertainment union, is joining forces with media union CWA Canada in its Fairness in Factual TV […]

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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. Come out to Craft Kitchen (410 Adelaide St W, just west of Spadina) on Tuesday, November 20 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm for a free media mixer with complimentary snacks and drinks. […]

Posted on November 13, 2018 at 6:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Class Action Lawsuit A Big Step Toward Fairness For Factual & Reality TV Workers

Claim says hundreds hired improperly, denied pay & benefits TORONTO (Oct. 9, 2018) – The Canadian Media Guild / CWA Canada is welcoming a $35-million class action lawsuit filed by law firm Cavalluzzo on behalf of hundreds of reality and factual TV workers who have worked at Cineflix Canada, which produces such TV shows as Property […]

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