CWA/SCA Canada is the national parent union of the Canadian Media Guild and represents more than 6,000 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.
The Canadian Media Guild is a democratic trade union local representing over 5,000 workers in the Canadian media. Our members work at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Société Radio-Canada (CBC/Radio-Canada), The Canadian Press, Thompson-Reuters, Agence France-Presse (AFP), TVO, TFO, the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), Vice, ZoomerMedia, Shaw Media, CKOI Radio Gatineau (Québec) and CBC/SRC Freelancers.
CMG Freelance is the branch or section of the local (The Canadian Media Guild) that ensures direct political representation for CBC/Radio-Canada freelancers. If you have completed a CBC/Radio-Canada freelance contract (freelance contributor, freelance specific services, technical freelancer) in the past 12 months you can claim your membership in the CMG Freelance Branch of the Canadian Media Guild, Local 30213 of CWA Canada.
All CBC/Radio- Canada freelancers are automatically covered by the collective agreement between CBC/Radio- Canada and CMG (English) (French). That means all the benefits negotiated by the union over the years are passed on to you. Labour law requires you to pay union dues, and you may have seen these deducted from your CBC/Radio-Canada pay stub. However, you aren’t a member in good standing until you’ve signed a membership card.
The Freelance Branch has a democratically elected executive of freelance members who work together to provide leadership and contribute expertise to support freelance members, as well as ensure freelancers enjoy space and consideration within the wider operations of the Guild.
CBC Freelance members and independent communications freelancers who do not work for CBC may also choose to join The Canadian Freelance Guild at our parent union, CWA Canada.
History of CMG’s Freelance Branch
For over 20 years, CMG has represented freelancers who contribute their works and talents to CBC/Radio Canada under Article 30 of the long-standing collective agreement between CMG and the public broadcaster. This inclusion of self-employed workers into an employee-based labour agreement is an anomaly in Canadian labour law, and is an exceptional case for a labour union.
The Freelance Branch and CMG staff have consistently worked to improve conditions for freelancers (minimum rates, predictable payment cycles, contract language and more) and garner respect for their contributions from peers and engagers. CMG has made crucial gains on intellectual property ownership and licensing issues amid the ever-expanding publishing and re-use platforms for produced works.
CMG Freelance Branch Executive
The CMG Freelance Branch is lead by an Executive team of freelancers elected to advance the interests of freelance members of the Canadian Media Guild. Executive members regularly consult and communicate with freelance members and interested non-members. We are available to discuss questions, suggestions, concerns and needs.
We are currently seeking out regional representatives to join the CMG Freelance Branch. Please contact Branch President Hyungwong Kang if you are interested in getting involved.
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Marianne Malo Chenard
Staff Representative – Freelancers