Suzanne Gallant donated 2016-10-07 11:48:17 -0400
When you are a member of the CFU you become part of an organization of freelancers which together can:
- Take action for better standards for freelancers.
- Provide valuable services you can't access alone.
- Combat social isolation prevalent in the freelancer lifestyle by organizing ways to connect with other freelancers in person and online (via the Members' Forum).
To be a member of the union, you need to submit yearly membership dues of $125. You can do that in a number of ways:
- Use the form to the left to pay a full year's dues with your credit card. (We are unable to offer a payment plan at this time.)
- Send an Interac Money Transfer by email. Put your name and email in the message to: interac [@] canadianfreelanceunion.ca
- Send a cheque to this address along with your name and email:
Unifor Canadian Freelance Union
27331 43rd Ave.
Aldergrove BC, V4W 1R9
In January 2016, the CFU held a general assembly for members during which we presented on accomplishments to date, goals for the year, and the results of our member survey.
If you missed this general meeting, catch up by checking out the member survey results here.
Sign the petition: PetitionGOAL: 88 signatures
Freelance workers, as independent contractors and as a group of workers in precarious conditions, face great challenges when it comes to legal protection, recognition, compensation and rights over their work.
The Ontario government is currently undergoing a review of Employment Standards and Ontario Labour Relations Act through the Changing Workplaces Commission.
The Canadian Freelance Union (CFU) believes that federal legislation such as the Status of the Artist can be used as a blueprint to provide freelance workers with a way to democratically select a bargaining agent in order to bargain collectively for improved standards.
Unifor, the CFU's umbrella union, has compiled a list of 43 recommendations as part of its submission to the Ontario Changing Workplaces Commission, available here.
We, the undersigned, petition the Ontario government to implement all recommendations made by Unifor to improve minimum standards for independent contractors and freelance workers, in particular those to:
Proposal 5(i): The rules found in Part III of the Canada Labour Code regarding just cause should be implemented in Ontario’s labour law, supplemented by recommendations from the Harry Arthurs review for improving the adjudication system, and implemented under the general authority of the Ontario Labour Relations Board.
Proposal 5(ii): The OLRA should be amended to include a new guarantee to protect and shield all employees and all persons who perform work or services for compensation when they engage in collective activities for the purpose of “mutual aid or protection.”
Proposal 6(i): The Employment Standards Act be amended to amend the application of the authority currently residing with the Lieutenant Governor in Council under Part XXVII, (1) 6 of the ESA. This amendment would provide the same authority to the Ontario Labour Relations Board to define an industry and prescribe for that industry one or more terms or conditions of employment, that would apply to employers and employees in the industry.
Monthly board meeting minutes of the CFU Executive.Official response from Suzanne Gallant submitted
The CFU Executive will update this post with up-to-date minutes of its executive meetings on a rolling basis.
- September 9, 2017: Minutes
- August 10, 2017: Minutes
- July 6, 2017: Minutes
- May 24, 2017: Minutes
- April 13, 2017: Minutes
- March 23, 2017: Minutes
- December 8, 2017: Minutes
- October 19, 2017: Minutes
- September 9, 2016: Minutes
- July 20, 2016: Minutes
- June 15, 2016: Minutes
- May 18, 2016: Minutes
- April 14, 2016: Minutes
- February 19, 2016: Minutes
- January 12, 2016: Minutes
- December 12, 2015: Minutes
- November 17, 2015: Minutes
- October 21, 2015: Minutes
- September 22, 2015: Minutes
Suzanne Gallant published Illustrating the Freelancer’s Organizing Model in News 2015-11-06 17:00:27 -0500
The Graphic History Collective Unionizes
By Daniel Tseghay, RankandFile.ca Writer/Organizer
On September 2nd, the Graphic History Collective (GHC), a volunteer-run collective producing comic books on Canada’s labour and working class history, announced that it has joined the Canadian Freelance Union (CFU). The CFU is a Community Chapter of Unifor. This type of organization gives its members some of the benefits of unionizing outside of the traditional employment relationship. Such employment conditions are the norm amongst freelancers and independent media workers in general and the GHC collective in particular.Read more
The Sidney Hillman Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Canadian Hillman Prize honouring excellence in journalism in the public interest. The Hillman Prize seeks out top investigative reporting that draws attention to social or economic injustice and hopefully leads to corrective measures. We strive to recognize discernment of a significant news story, resourcefulness and courage in reporting, skill in relating the story and the impact of the coverage.Read more
Suzanne Gallant answered 2015-11-06 15:45:56 -0500Q: How many people do you know who are freelancers and who are not currently members of the Canadian Freelance Union?