Freelance membership in Canadian Media Guild a creative avenue to mutual
support, better contracts, sustainable health, safety and working
TORONTO, May 1, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Media Guild (CMG) and its
parent union, CWA Canada, are pleased to announce a new union
membership open to freelancers who work in media, creative,
communications, IT and knowledge production.
As forerunners in representing freelancers at CBC, CMG's Freelance
Branch has harnessed its decades of expertise with independent
contractors in broadcasting in building comprehensive union services
tailored to this class of unprotected workers.
"The massive technological and ownership changes in our industries have
isolated workers and put us more and more on the defensive," says CWA
Canada President, Martin O'Hanlon. "Freelance producers are caught
between a market hungry to profit from information, entertainment and
audio visual media, and consumers who've become used to thinking this
work is free and anonymous."
CMG President Carmel Smyth emphasizes that freelancing is a living like
any other job. "But when you have to source your gigs from day to day,
the stress contributes to burnout, vulnerability and can compromise
health and safety. There's zero safety net. We can help change that."
On International Workers Day, we recognize that freelance work is
increasingly global, and digital media and Internet-based work can lead
to greater isolation. With a union membership that has no borders, CMG
Freelance invites Canadian and international freelancers to find a home
and build a community with us, no matter where they are working.
Veteran freelancer Don Genova, President of CMG Freelance, believes it's
an exciting time to be a freelancer. "Many of us have been lone wolves
for so long, but we need each other more than ever - across skill sets,
age groups, cultural differences, even national borders. CMG aims to
facilitate collaboration, cooperation and raise the value of all our
work." See more at cmgfreelance.ca.
For more information or to join us, contact datejie cheko green at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-465-4149 or 416-702-6822 (mobile)
SOURCE: Canadian Media Guild
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Contact for media interviews:
Jeanne d'Arc Umurungi (email@example.com)
Canadian Media Guild
1-800-465-4149 or 416-708-4628
For more information:
datejie cheko green
Freelance Organizer, Canadian Media Guild
1-800-465-4149 or mobile: 416-702-6822