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There are many advantages to union membership such as better
wages, working conditions and a collective voice for you in the company.
As an example, at some daily newspapers
where CWA Canada has members, editorial employees
routinely earn more than $1,000 a week. Ad
builders and clerical
staff earn more than $20
an hour; creative earn more than $25 an
hour. The list goes on.
And let’s not forget pay equity. Many of our members in
Ontario have received increases and retroactive pay for female dominated
jobs that have been undervalued. Some have received retroactive pay of $10,000,
$25,000 and more than $50,000.
There are other benefits to CWA membership including increased vacation,
personal days, sick leave, legal representation and so much more.
There is no sign-up fee or any other charges. You do
not pay dues
until after you have a contract. Then, you and your colleagues decide
the level of dues (typically 1.5 % of your pay),
which are eligible for a tax credit.
So what do you have to lose? Contact us today and let’s get the process started.
A CWA Canada staff member is standing by, prepared to meet with individuals or groups in the strictest confidence.
Just like you, members of CWA Canada work in newspapers,
radio, television and new media. We also represent information-technology,
professional and administrative workers in other industries. We are
an autonomous part of the CWA, the largest media union in North America
with more than half a million members. We are also part of The Newspaper
Guild, which is dedicated to raising journalistic standards and industry
You will find CWA Canada at the CBC, The Canadian Press,
Reuters, Aboriginal Peoples TV, and newspapers coast to coast, from
the Victoria Times-Colonist in the west to the Halifax Chronicle
Herald in the east. In between are venerable dailies such as The
Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette, Kingston Whig Standard, Peterborough
Examiner and Sudbury Star.
Why we need unions
In a perfect world, employers would always treat workers
with respect and pay fair wages. No one would be disciplined or fired
unjustly, denied promotions unfairly or forced to work long hours —
at the expense of family life — without being paid overtime. Unfortunately,
this isn't a perfect world.
A union helps level the playing field between you and
your employer. Acting individually, you have little power. If you ask
for a raise or want something changed and management says no, what
can you do? Being part of a union gives you and your colleagues the
power to bargain collectively for a better work life.
With a union, a contract is negotiated that puts working
conditions in writing and provides a fair process to deal with problems.
That doesn't mean some old-fashioned rigid system. CWA Canada is a
democratic and modern union that understands the need for flexibility
and respects the principle of individual advancement based on good