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Members at APTN ratify new contract - Workers at the Aboriginal People’s Television Network have voted 98 per cent in favour of ratifying a new collective agreement. The three-year deal, which comes into effect tomorrow, sees significant improvements to the existing pay grid and in working conditions for 72 members of the Canadian Media Guild, CWA Canada’s largest Local. In most cases, pay scales will now start at a higher level and salary steps will rise over two years. Pay rates will increase 3.5 per cent on the anniversary of the APTN hire date as well as on that date the following year. The agreement also provides additional market-rate wage adjustments for video journalists, reporter / correspondents, investigative journalists and graphic artists. There will also be across-the-board annual increases of 1.25, 1.0 and 0.75 per cent. APTN, which has more than 160 employees (including part-time and casual), also agreed to have workplace problems dealt with through a union-management joint committee, with the aim of resolving issues as they develop. Online voting took place from April 17 to 23 following an information meeting at a Winnipeg hotel, that members could attend or call in to participate. Of the 40 CMG members who cast ballots, only one voted against [...]
What Justin Brake’s recent win means for press freedom in 2019 - GRANT BUCKLER | J-Source Commentary [~] Justin Brake, a former reporter for the Newfoundland news site The Independent, wasn’t the only winner when the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal cleared him of a civil charge of contempt last week. The ruling — an encouraging one for a news media that has undergone a spate of legal battles in recent years that call into question their rights as independent watchdogs — affirms the right of journalists to do their jobs. Brake – who now works for the Aboriginal People’s Television Network – is still facing criminal charges of mischief and disobeying a court order, which the Canadian Association of Journalists has said should be dismissed immediately. So the story isn’t over. But this decision is a bit of good news, and a sorely needed one given recent examples of the law being used to make it harder for reporters to gather information firsthand. Brake was charged in October 2016 after Indigenous protesters at the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in Labrador broke a lock and entered the property of Nalcor Energy. He was there as a reporter covering the protests. When the protesters went through the gate, he followed the story [...]
Table full of notes CMG members vote 80% in favour of ratifying new deal with CBC - CBC workers who are represented by CWA Canada through its largest Local, the Canadian Media Guild (CMG), have voted 80 per cent in favour of ratifying a new collective agreement with the public broadcaster. The five-year deal contains wage increases of 1.5 per cent this year and next for the 4,300 employees across the country (outside Quebec and Moncton, N.B.) who are covered by the contract. Increases in the final three years of the agreement will be pegged to the Treasury Board rate that applies to unionized federal government employees. More than 1,200 CMG members took part this week in online voting on the tentative agreement, which comes into effect on April 1. Official results released today show 977 in favour and 241 against. Jonathan Spence, president of the Guild’s CBC branch, said there are several improvements with this deal. These include allowances for members in Canada’s North and those who do out-of-country work; relocation subsidies; and better terms for temporary workers to convert to permanent status. “We’ve spent the better part of six months bargaining this agreement,” said Spence. “There was a lot to update in an agreement that had not changed substantially in the last 10 years, in [...]
Press release graphic IATSE joins forces with CWA Canada in fight for better working conditions for factual / reality TV workers - TORONTO — 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 campaign. The campaign was launched five years ago by CWA Canada and its biggest local, the Canadian Media Guild, in an effort to improve health and safety, and establish fairness in pay and working conditions in the industry. “What we’ve learned after five years of being a voice for factual TV workers is that they need and want union contracts similar to those in the scripted TV industry but tailored to factual,” CWA Canada President Martin O’Hanlon said. “They’re done with being treated as poor cousins. This alliance will help them improve their working lives.” IATSE, which represents factual / reality workers in the United States and a large majority of workers in scripted TV in Canada, brings its experience and influence to the campaign. “Workers in factual TV need a strong, experienced voice that can represent them when they are fighting for better working conditions,” [...]
Crucial ‘catch-up’ round of contract talks under way at CBC - LISE LAREAU | Canadian Media Guild [~] To understand the contract talks that are now under way between the Canadian Media Guild and the CBC, you have to go back 10 years. That’s when both union and management jointly used what has been dubbed the ‘Port Credit process’ for negotiating. The model was developed by the most senior CBC executives and CMG representatives to rescue a relationship that had been destroyed by the decision by the CBC to lock out its workers in 2005. Negotiators are still using the model — so named because talks are held at a hotel in Port Credit, just west of Toronto, where the two sides agreed to work on an interest-based method, away from the distractions of the Broadcasting Centre. CMG (CWA Canada Local 30213) is the main union at the CBC, representing staff across the country with the exception of Quebec and Moncton, N.B. Most members of the CMG side will tell you that this round is also about addressing some key issues that have been set aside or ignored during the past decade, too. As Harry Mesh, the one member of this year’s CMG team who was there in 2008 put it, [...]

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