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Wikipedia page CWA Canada seeks clarity on Postmedia plans for NB papers - President Martin O’Hanlon said CWA Canada has requested a meeting with Postmedia in the wake of its announced purchase of Irving-owned newspapers, which include three dailies at which the media union represents workers. Brunswick News owns all of the English-language print publications in the province — six weeklies plus The Daily Gleaner in Fredericton, Saint John Telegraph-Journal and the Moncton-based Times & Transcript. O’Hanlon said he wants Postmedia to clarify its plans and will be seeking assurances that it will improve the newspapers and hire more staff. “Postmedia CEO Andrew MacLeod says he looks forward to continuing the Brunswick News ‘legacy’,” O’Hanlon said. “Unfortunately, that legacy is diminished newsrooms and lack of resources.” “We will be pushing Postmedia to improve the newspapers, we will ensure employees’ rights are defended, and we will fight for a stronger collective agreement when it comes time for bargaining.” Toronto-based Postmedia, which already owns 120 titles, including 10 dailies at which CWA Canada represents workers, is the largest publisher in the country. Its acquisition of Brunswick News extends its reach from coast-to-coast, noted O’Hanlon. “Unfortunately, this is another blow to media diversity. It’s just replacing a provincial newspaper monopoly (Irving) with a national one.” David Arsenault, president of the Moncton Typographical [...]
Online hate is damaging journalists, democracy: report - The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) and the Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) have released Poisoned Well, the troubling findings of an industry roundtable on journalists and online hate.  “Freedom of the press is integral to a healthy democracy,” says Natalie Turvey, CJF President and Executive Director. “The online abuse suffered by too many journalists today goes well beyond critical discourse and, in many cases, harms their safety and well-being in the workplace. This report is a call to action to our industry, government officials and the broader Canadian public.”  The CAJ and Carleton University held the roundtable on Oct. 21 in response to repeated instances of Canadian journalists, particularly women and racialized media, being targeted with online hate and harassment. Freedom to Report As the so-called truckers’ convoy drags on and disrupts, journalists and crews are once again being subjected to abusive treatment by those who now feel emboldened and entitled  to break free of the restrictive measures which have ensnared all of us for the past two years.  Commentary by Kim Trynacity, CBC Branch President, Canadian Media Guild (CWA Canada Local 30213) Commissioned by the CJF, the report shares the findings of that roundtable with the broader public. The four-hour [...]
Allan Thompson, journalism professor Players in news industry join up to tackle onslaught of online hate - DEBORAH RICHMOND | Web Editor Representatives from every corner of the news industry are coming together to call for action and to develop a strategy to thwart a tsunami of hate targeting Canadian journalists, especially women and people of colour. CWA Canada President Martin O’Hanlon said the media union is working with journalism groups, the labour movement, academics and employers to put a stop to the vile sexist and racist comments and threats delivered via social media, email, voicemail and internet forums. “This is illegal. It is harassment and hate, and it must not be tolerated,” O’Hanlon said in a statement issued Oct. 5. “As a union that represents 6,000 media workers, we call on law enforcement to urgently investigate these incidents and prosecute those responsible.” CWA Canada was also a signatory to a statement issued by media outlets across the country and organizations that represent journalists: “A strong, diverse media is vital for a well-informed, democratic society. While criticism is an integral part of journalism and democracy, there can be no tolerance for hate and harassment of journalists or for incitement of attacks on journalists doing their jobs. “We are united in supporting our journalists and newsrooms against those [...]
Sault Star staff ratify deal with wage gains - Workers at The Sault Star have ratified a new collective agreement that gives them wage gains after many years of zero or minuscule increases. The 12 members of CWA Canada Local 30746, the Sault Ste. Marie Typographical Union, who work in editorial, advertising and reader sales and service, will receive a one-per-cent increase in each of the three years of the contract that runs until August 2024. In addition, said David Wilson, the CWA Canada staff representative who led the negotiations that wrapped up last Thursday, the top rate for editorial staff will be bumped up by $25 a week. This will bring them closer to parity with their unionized colleagues at two other Postmedia-owned newspapers, the Sudbury Star and North Bay Nugget. The workers, who held a ratification vote on Monday evening, also gain an additional paid day off (floater) and improvements in the mileage rate. All staff, who now work from home after the company closed the paper’s public office, will also receive a one-time payment of $300 to cover equipment costs. Wilson noted that, because the Local has a Cost of Living (COLA) clause in its contract, each member was paid $300 in August. The COLA is [...]
Michael Melo in front of printing plant Postmedia printing plant workers ratify first contract - The 71 workers at a Postmedia printing plant in Toronto have ratified a first contract that gives them major gains in wages and sick leave. The online vote on Saturday to approve the tentative three-year deal came 15 months after they were officially unionized and joined CWA Canada Local 30213, the Canadian Media Guild. The workers in the press room, reel room and distribution centre at the facility on Islington Avenue will see higher wages in various categories as well as receiving overall annual increases of 2.0, 3.2 and 3.8 per cent. They will go from receiving no paid sick leave to four weeks at full pay, then 22 weeks at 70 per cent of earnings for those with more than one year of service. CWA Canada staff representative David Wilson said there are other improvements including pension, statutory holiday pay and vacation entitlement. The rapid organizing drive at the Toronto plant was kickstarted last year when Postmedia imposed company-wide cuts early in the pandemic and didn’t take steps to ensure the safety of the essential workers at the printing operation. Michael Melo, who was involved in the organizing effort and was a member of the bargaining committee, said it [...]

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