Two Citizen staffers, reporter-editor Robert Bostelaar and photographer Jean Levac, are finalists in the 2015 Canadian Association of Journalists awards.
Nominations for president and vice-president of CWA/SCA Canada closed Thursday, April 16, with only two nominations received by the National Elections Committee.
As a result, we declare Martin O’Hanlon returned as President and Lois Kirkup as Vice-president, by acclamation.
National Election Committee, CWA/SCA Canada
This two day course is being held on Saturday May 2nd & May 9th, 2015 from 9:00am to 4:00pm in the CLC Boardroom 1st Floor, 2841 Riverside Drive, Ottawa. The cost is $50.00 per person for the meals and course materials provided at the two Saturday sessions; please make the cheque payable to “Ottawa Area Council CURC”. To register & pay to confirm your spot please contact Evert Hoogers by email: firstname.lastname@example.org and mail payment to: 182 Booth Street, Ottawa, ON K1R 7J4. Thank you.
As you likely know, the CBC announced another 244 job cuts last week as part of its self-destructive plan to chop 1,500 – many of them our CWA Canada brothers and sisters. We have launched a Save the CBC campaign and we will be working hard in the coming months to make stable CBC funding an issue in this year’s election campaign.
We will send out information about how you can help, but in the meantime you can do one thing – right now. Please take two minutes to visit this website and send a petition to the government:
President, CWA/SCA Canada
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This is a national election year for CWA Canada and the nomination period is now open for two senior leadership positions.
All members are eligible to run for office or nominate someone as a candidate for President and/or Vice-president, the posts currently held by Martin O’Hanlon and Lois Kirkup, respectively.
The deadline for submitting nominations is noon on Thursday, April 16.
If an election is required, a campaign and voting period of 35 days would immediately follow, during which each union Local can decide how it wants to conduct the vote.
Locals can opt to hold a vote in the workplace or have ballots sent directly to members who would then mail them to head office in Ottawa in a prepaid envelope.
The President of CWA Canada, which is a full-time paid position, and the Vice-president serve four-year terms.
The official election notice and nomination form are available on the CWA|SCA Canada website.
For more information, contact CWA|SCA Canada Election Committee member Scott Edmonds.
IN January, the Washington Post reported on the city’s latest “scandal.”
Evidently, a union organizing drive was underway in a digital-news shop. The “threat” was so real that a right-wing anti-taxer vowed to help fight off the terrible union.
That audacious union was ours.
What the Post didn’t know is that we routinely get phone calls from digital-media employees curious about organizing. Some of those calls turn into full-fledged drives. Others don’t. Or they aren’t public yet as pro-union employees work behind the scenes building support
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that workers like the idea of democracy in the workplace. Despite all the ill-informed badmouthing of unions, surveys show that most workers would join a union given the opportunity. Grievously, the damage that corporations, anti-union politicians and the courts have done to labor law over the years limits those opportunities.
When employees at digital publications call us, they are as likely to talk about working conditions as wages. This is especially true as workers get into their late 20’s and early 30’s—when they’ve decided they want a life as well as a job.
We help these workers any way we can. If they decide to organize, they are in control of the process. They decide what’s important and what a fair contract would look like.
It should go without saying that it’s invaluable to have a signed document that states what the rules are, as well as minimum standards for wages and benefits. You’ll never find an executive who hasn’t negotiated a contract—typically a highly favorable one with a fat exit package even if he or she is fired.
In the turbulent industry that is media today, these conversations are more important than ever. While some employers are smart enough to pay for quality journalism, others see a sea of laid-off writers and editors and scheme to get as much work out of them as possible at the lowest cost. Some are so arrogant and brazen that they use the “cachet” of a byline to barter for work with no pay.
But even the worst of those employers aren’t the parasites that are Google, Facebook and other content aggregators that effectively steal revenue from news organizations.
Whether your organization is all-digital or still has a print component, Google and its ilk are taking advantage. Google would have you believe that its own genius is responsible for its wealth—nearly $5 billion in profit in the last quarter of 2014, up 30 percent from the same quarter in 2013. In fact, those billions are siphoned from your labor and others’ investment.
Fresh, quality, credible information is a precious resource. It gets more valuable every day, as once-proud and respected news organizations slash jobs and wages. As new employers attempt to fill the gaping hole in the quality and quantity of bona fide journalism, it is vital that workers have a voice.
I noted that some people feel threatened by unions and purposely distort what we do, throwing around phrases like “union bosses” and “union thugs.” They want workers to see unions as outsiders who would exploit them. We know that nothing could be further from the truth.
But they spread those lies because workplace democracy is the last thing they want. They demand no limits on their power and greed. They see unions as a threat because history proves how effective we are at improving workers’ lives. They know that unions did, in fact, create America’s now-disappearing middle class.
Unions aren’t the enemy of management. We can and do work with employers to build better products and stronger companies. In our field, no one cares more about the product—journalism—than journalists themselves. When we can negotiate fair wages, benefits and working conditions, quality journalism thrives.
The loudmouth union-haters on certain TV networks and radio shows, have done a huge disservice to the many Americans who are told nothing about the democratic nature of unions and how we function.
There’s nothing “shocking” about journalists or any other workers trying to form a union. They are ordinary people who want some control over their work lives. You may be one of those people. Give us a call. You’ll be in good company.
Dear Local President,
I am pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the John Belcarz and Dan Zeidler post-secondary education/training memorial scholarships. Two scholarships of $1,000 each are available.
The accompanying attachments contain a poster and application form in both English and French (also available on our website: http://www.cwa-scacanada.ca). Please circulate this information to your members.
President, CWA/SCA Canada