Canadian Freelance Union Finally Organizes

Canadian Freelance UnionThe Canadian Freelance Union is finally coming to life.  The inaugural meeting of the members will be held October 3.

Some of the planned member benefits are:

* A contract advice service to help members interpret and understand what they are signing.
* Contract support to help members deal with disputes over payment, rights usage or other problems.
* A “Red Flag” service to warn members about unscrupulous engagers.
* A basic benefits plan (details to follow).
* Access to full benefits packages at rates far lower than would normally be possible.
* A hiring hall which will link members to work, and work to members.
* The start of efforts to negotiate better freelance contracts from some of the country’s largest publishers such as Quebecor, Transcontinental, Canwest, Rogers, etc.
* A web forum.

The new union has a 3-year commitment of funding and support from the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union.  Dues will regularly be $125; charter members will pay $100 for the first year.

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