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Ratified deal with Corus Entertainment contains pay increases of up to 16.7% - CWA Canada members have voted 95 per cent in favour of ratifying a collective agreement with Corus Entertainment that contains pay increases of up to 16.7 per cent. The agreement is the first to cover all workers in television operations since Corus absorbed Shaw Media, where the Canadian Media Guild (Local 30213) already represented employees. Bargaining to reach the one-year deal began last March, shortly after the Corus workers voted to join the CMG. Salary increases of up to 16.7 per cent will raise up the lowest-paid members and begin to address pay inequalities identified by the bargaining team. They will be retroactive to May 1, 2017. New and current members of the bargaining unit who are not above scale will see guaranteed annual minimum increases of three- to four-per-cent on average. Other highlights of the agreement, which contains provisions of the 2014-2017 contract between the CMG and Shaw: Improved dental benefits for everyone. Increased sick-leave protections, which had previously been limited to 10 days. All members now have access to two personal days. “We achieve a great deal together as co-workers, both on the job and collectively as union members,” said Craig Jasman, president of the Corus Branch at [...] Union contract offers help for 23 VICE Canada workers facing layoff - VICE Canada workers facing job cuts as their employer ends a joint venture with Rogers Media can take some comfort in knowing they have a collective agreement to protect them. They voted in May 2016 to join CWA Canada’s biggest Local, the Canadian Media Guild (CMG), and had their first collective agreement one year later. The bargaining unit includes about 200 people who work in editorial, production, post-production, marketing, design and administration in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Maggie McCaw, president of CMG’s VICE Canada branch, said the union has been informed that a total of 23 contract and permanent positions are to be eliminated. CWA Canada President Martin O’Hanlon said he was “very sorry to hear about the job cuts at VICE Canada, where we represent the talented and dedicated staff … The union will do all it can to lessen the impacts of the cuts and help members through this tough time.” Kamala Rao, CMG president, said the collective agreement includes protections for members facing layoff. “CMG staff will also be with members to talk through your options,” Rao said. “That includes discussing a provision … that allows for employees interested in a voluntary layoff to indicate your availability.” [...] Union fights firing of CBC political reporter over book deal - CWA Canada and its largest Local are going to bat for member Richard Zussman, who was fired by the CBC for allegedly breaching rules governing activities outside of work. The Canadian Media Guild (CMG ), which represents thousands of employees at the public broadcaster, has taken the case to arbitration and is seeking a ruling from labour mediator Vince Ready. Zussman, 34, who was the B.C. provincial affairs reporter, based in Victoria, has co-authored a book about the defeat of Christy Clark’s Liberal government and the rise to power of NDP Premier John Horgan. It is to be published this spring. CBC spokesman Chuck Thompson said in a statement that Zussman’s employment “was not terminated simply for co-authoring a book.” He said the decision was “based on the findings of a third-party investigation,” which determined that the reporter had violated CBC’s code of conduct, conflict-of-interest rules and the collective agreement with the CMG. CWA Canada President Martin O’Hanlon called it a “baffling overreaction by CBC management.” “Why on Earth would they fire a political journalist for writing a book about politics?” O’Hanlon asked. “They’ve somehow managed the perplexing feat of turning good press into bad press.” “The union remains solidly behind Richard Zussman and [...] Union accuses Corus of punishing newly unionized workers - BEATRICE BRITNEFF | iPolitics [~] The union representing a new group of unionized employees at Corus Entertainment has filed a complaint with the federal labour board, alleging the media company has broken labour laws by scaling back employees’ benefits immediately after they voted in favour of unionizing — and before a new collective agreement could be negotiated. In its March complaint to the Canada Industrial Relations Board, the Canadian Media Guild – a local of media union CWA Canada – alleges Corus penalized the group of 48 workers for voting in favour of unionizing “in an effort to turn employees against the union” and “intimidated individual employees for expressing their views on unionization.” The Guild claims Corus — which provides specialty TV channels and owns Global News and nearly 40 radio stations in Canada — has engaged in “unfair labour practices,” including reducing employees’ vision care benefits, revoking the employees’ parking passes and terminating their ability to contribute to a group RRSP. Sean FitzPatrick, legal counsel for the Guild, said the union had been negotiating with Corus until recently, when the two sides reached an impasse over wages and benefits. The union has now created a webpage to draw attention [...] Corus workers take case for fair deal to public - CWA Canada members trying to bargain a new collective agreement with Corus Entertainment are taking their case for a fair deal to the public with a letter-writing campaign. Workers in television operations at the Toronto-based company voted early this year to join the Canadian Media Guild (Local 30213) after Corus purchased and absorbed Shaw Media, where the CMG already represented employees. Those new CMG members have been trying to negotiate a collective agreement with the company since March. Corus illegally took away benefits and reduced pension contributions after the TV workers voted to join the union. Corus refuses to address a $10,500 wage gap between people doing similar work. Further, the company is offering an increase of only 1.0 per cent and a deal that would expire in six months. The bargaining team said in a statement that Corus, which became a media empire as a result of the $2.65-billion deal, “is only pretending to negotiate (and is) capable of closing the wage gap. They need to stop punishing us for having joined a union and start treating us fairly.” CMG has launched a campaign to encourage members of the public to send letters to Corus Entertainment CEO Doug Murphy [...]
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