CWA Canada is Canada’s autonomous affiliate of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the national parent union of the Canadian Media Guild. It represents more than 7,000 media workers across Canada at newspapers and broadcasters including CBC, APTN, The Canadian Press, Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette, Halifax Chronicle Herald and Victoria Times Colonist.
In 2007, CWA|SCA Canada (Communications Workers of America Canada / Syndicat des communications d’Amérique au Canada) became the new name of the country’s oldest media union, TNG Canada (The Newspaper Guild ). This change reflected our increasingly autonomous position within our international union, CWA.
Members of CWA Canada form the Canadian Region of the CWA, which has more than 600,000 members across North America. We in Canada run our own affairs out of our national office in Ottawa, but have access to the $400-million CWA strike fund to stand up for our rights.
Since TNG Canada was founded in 1995, our union has grown to include workers in other fields; among them interpreters/translators, information technologists, light industry workers and social services providers.
We are a truly democratic organization. Our members elect Local and national leaders who have the ultimate say in how the union is run. Members at the Local level, assisted by national staff representatives, negotiate their own wages and working conditions.
WHAT WE STAND FOR
CWA Canada advances the economic interests of its members, improves their standard of living, and strives to guarantee equal job opportunities and human rights. We aim to raise professional standards and promote ethical business and journalistic practices where our members work, bring about a better workplace through fairness and respect, and foster friendship and co-operation between all workers.
We don’t object to a company making a profit. That’s good for all employees. We just think employees have a right to a fair share of that profit.