Suzanne Gallant

  • Join the CFU

    When you are a member of the CFU you become part of an organization of freelancers which together can:


    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

     

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  • Member survey results

    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.

    Draft minutes of this general meeting can also be found in English here and in French here.


  • Sign the petition: Petition

    Petition in Favour of Greater Rights and Protections for Freelancers and Precarious Workers

    GOAL: 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.

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  • Executive Board Minutes

    Monthly board meeting minutes of the CFU Executive. 

    Official response from submitted

    The CFU Executive will update this post with up-to-date minutes of its executive meetings on a rolling basis. 


  • Illustrating the Freelancer’s Organizing Model

    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.

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  • Canadian Hillman Prize Entry Deadline

    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.

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  • Q: How many people do you know who are freelancers and who are not currently members of the Canadian Freelance Union?
    A: 15

Suzanne Gallant is an award-winning freelance filmmaker specializing in online advocacy videos for unions, not-for-profits and “select” political parties.
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