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CEP - Rogers Citytv/OMNI-TV agreement ratified!
Members of CEP Local 723M have ratified a new Collective Agreement with Citytv and OMNI-TV. The vote was conducted on April 30th. The five year agreement provides for wage increases of 7 ½ percent as well as access to Rogers’ 50% discounts on home phone, cell phone, internet and cable. Members will also have access to the Company’s stock option savings plan which is an important savings tool for employees. There are approximately 340 members working as; engineers, technicians, production, and distribution employees at Rogers’ Dundas Square and Lakeshore Blvd locations.
11th Annual CEP Ontario Region Charity Golf Classic
The following members have won the opportunity to represent our local at the 11th Annual CEP Ontario Region Charity Golf Classic on June 7th at the Granite Ridge Golf & Country Club in Milton.
Those members that were not successful in the draw will be used as alternates if the above members cannot attend.
Collective Bargaining beginning on behalf of OMNI – TV Production employees
April 18, 2013 – Rogers Broadcasting Limited and CEP Local 723M will commence collective bargaining on Monday, April 22, 2013 in Toronto. The OMNI-TV Production Agreement will cover editorial, on air, promotions, commercial production, and new production employees who work at OMNI Television in Toronto. A meeting to update members on developments in bargaining will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, April 27th at the Bond Place Hotel in Toronto.
CTV Unit Negotiations - Nominations for Election
It is time to begin the process of negotiating our new collective agreement with Bellmedia.
The current agreement expires May 31, 2014.
The following is a call for nominations for the Negotiating Committee.
The Elections Committee will accept nominations from:
Monday, April 15, 2013 until midnight Monday, April 29, 2013.
We are accepting nominations for four (4) positions.
If we have more than four (4) nominations we will be holding an election and you will be advised at that time what the election procedure will be.
Any member in good standing may be nominated by 1 member and seconded by 5 members.
Nomination forms are available here.
You may return your completed nomination form by:
Email: by scanning the form and emailing it to email@example.com
Mail: 62 Widmer St. 2nd Flr., Toronto, ON M5V 2E9 or place it in the mail slot on the office door.
The four (4) elected members will join National Rep Dave Lewington and Local President Kelly Dobbs at the bargaining table.
If you have any questions, please contact the local office.
CLC One Minute Message
The Canadian Labour Congress is pleased to announce that Michael Rouse is the first place winner (Solidarity Video) of this year's One Minute Message Video contest.
The objective was to come up with the best message and best video in just under a minute about how unions stand up for fairness, how unions deliver good jobs and better lives, how unions fight for a better deal for everyone. What does the “Union Advantage” mean for you, your family and your community?
Workers' Rights ALERT
Harper and Hudak are promoting changes to labour law that would drive down wages and harm Canadian society
Ontario Conservative leader Tim Hudak has announced that he will weaken unions by making major changes to labour laws – if he wins the next Ontario election.
Prime Minister Harper has already pushed through Bill 377. This legislation was designed to disrupt unions by requiring extraordinary financial reporting. Harper may soon try to silence labour’s progressive political voice.
Read more about how the conservatives are trying to silence unions here.
Support Our TVO / Notre TFO
Dear CEP members and allies,
I am writing to invite you to join "Our TVO / Notre TFO" – a campaign coalition of families, educators, artists, and employees of TVO and TFO who, as citizens of Ontario, value public educational broadcast media and want a greater voice in shaping the future of TVO and TFO.
Please visit www.OurTVO.ca or www.notreTFO.ca and sign the letter to Ontario's premier, Kathleen Wynne, right away.
These are challenging times for the people of Ontario. We are dealing with a struggling economy, acrimonious public policy debates, and rapidly changing technology. At these moments we seek agencies that we can trust, that can unite us, and that can serve as a resource for information and enlightenment. For more than 40 years in Ontario, TVO and TFO have been such institutions.
However, this is a period of great uncertainty for public educational media in Ontario. Both TVO and TFO are doing more with less funding in real dollars than in years past. In the last Ontario Budget, the provincial government warned that TVO must "reduce its reliance on government funding." What exactly this means is unclear, although TVO announced the cancellation of three signature shows on November 13: Big Ideas, Allan Gregg In Conversation, and Saturday Night at the Movies. Many of our members also lost their jobs.
TVO and TFO belong to all of us. We all have a voice in shaping their future. This campaign is intended to help people and organizations like ours to raise our voices.
I sincerely hope you will accept my invitation to join the "Our TVO / Notre TFO" campaign.
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada
Boycott Porter Airlines
The members of COPE Local 343 are fighting for their first contract and have
been on strike since January 2013.
Porter is using scab labour and we ask that you support our striking sisters and brothers by not flying with Porter Airlines.
CEP Vice-President Ontario Region
Local 723M Welcomes MTV
CEP Local 723M welcomes thirty-eight new members working at MTV. The MTV staff has been moved to Queen Street from the Masonic Temple and are located on the 2nd floor of 299 Queen Street. The employees were introduced to the Union February 4th and have been classified as; Production Assistants, Story Producers, Segment Producers, Associate Producers, Line Producers, Producer/Editors MTV, EFP Editors, Scheduler and Senior Technical Director supporting MTV programming. They are being integrated in the same fashion as E-Talk, BNN and Digital Media employees with recognition of prior service as seniority pursuant to the Local 723M policy and the present Collective Agreement. Welcome!
Bell Code of Conduct
After receiving questions from many local members, the union has sought legal advice on the “Bell Code of Conduct”. On advice from council, the union is now drafting a letter to the employer stating that the collective agreement governs the relationship between our members and the company and not any unilaterally imposed document.
An email was sent out by the company at the end of November stating that all employees must complete the Code of Business Conduct training course by December 31, 2012. At the completion of the course and during an end of year review, employees will also be required to sign a document indicating that they will comply with the Code of Conduct. The union’s lawyer has recommended that we add a line to this document stating: “I am signing this document under protest; a Collective Agreement governs our relationship”.
A copy of the revised document that you may be required to sign is available here.
If you have any further questions, please contact the local union office.
Local Holiday Party
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CEP 2012 Scholarship Winner!
CRTC decision in the public interest
OTTAWA- The CRTC's well-reasoned decision to deny Bell's application to acquire Astral addressed concerns of Canadians and canadian consumers about the scope and impact of this transaction , says the country's largest media union, the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada.
The Commission said that approving "this transaction is not in the public interest." It noted intervenors' concern that "none of the $241.3 million in tangible benefits would be directed toward existing or new local programming for any of the local television and radio stations" that Bell would have bought.
CEP highlighted these points when it appeared at the CRTC's September public hearing.
Among other things, Bell claims it could extract millions of dollars of "synergies" from buying Astral without explaining how it would achieve these savings.
"CEP set out its concern that these so-called synergies actually meant more job losses in a sector that has been hard hit in the last decade," said Peter Murdoch CEP's Vice-President, Media.
"Bell proposed to devote millions of dollars to independant productions; CEP expects that as one of the country's largest media companies, Bell will continue to invest in Canadian programming."
"Going forward," Murdoch said, "CEP expects the CRTC will apply the same rigour and analytical criteria it did in this decision to the next application filed regarding the Astral assets."
Canada's Labour Movement Gets a Cardiac Pump
We are one step closer to a bold new vision for Canada's labour movement. But even more important, we are one step closer to the dream of a more equitable and fair Canada.
Delegates to the CEP convention last week in Québec City voted in favour of forming a new union with the CAW. The CAW voted in favour of the project in August.
Yet unnamed, this new union will represent more than 300,000 workers in every province of the country, in 22 different major economic sectors. It will be the largest private sector union in Canada, but it will also represent thousands of workers who provide public services.
This new union sends a clear message that labour is ready to do what is necessary to take on governments and employers who would like nothing better than to see us disappear. It is the first step in the realization of the goal of revitalizing Canada's union movement. And that is a necessary step in turning back the tide of neoconservative reaction that has seen ever more wealth and power for the already rich and powerful, but stagnation and cutbacks for the rest of us. Why should ordinary Canadians care about this new union?
They should care because strong unions have been at the core of movements that demanded and won public healthcare, pensions, unemployment insurance, childcare, workers compensation, pay equity, health and safety legislation, shorter workweeks, and just about every progressive social service. As legislation and cherished social programs that benefit ordinary Canadians come under attack by ideologies of greed and corporations that demand ever more profit, a revitalized labour movement is exactly what we need.
They should care because our goal is nothing less than reshaping the economic and political systems of this country. The new union will be well suited to take on today's challenges, particularly around the growing precariousness of employment. It will offer a home and a voice to the unemployed and partially employed. This new union will be well suited to take on the challenges of a greying population and the attacks on our pension system. It will offer a home and a voice to the ever-growing number of pensioners.
This new union will be well suited to take on the challenges of unsustainable economic development that threatens our environment and the very future of our planet. It will offer a home and voice for workers, the unemployed and retired Canadians who care about our environment and want to build a sustainable economy.
We will work side by side with environmentalists in a blue-green alliance. This new union will be well suited to take on the challenges of working people in every sector of the economy. Because of our size, experience and geographic spread we will offer a home and a voice to every worker who wants justice and fair treatment in her or his workplace. Our plan is to pool the resources from 300,000 current members and to use at least 10 per cent of our dues every year to help all those who need a union gain the benefits of collective bargaining.
Our motto will be: What we desire for ourselves we wish for everyone. And we will work diligently to make that more than mere words. Right from the start we have tried to make the process of creating this new union as open and transparent as possible. We have to do that because a union is nothing more than the collective strength of its membership.
But, we hope to work on behalf of an even larger group than our current members. We plan to work on behalf of all Canadians who share the vision of a fairer, more just, more sustainable Canada. To do that we commit to keeping the public informed as well as our members. We will be seeking input and advice from a wide variety of organizations and individuals.
Our future is at stake.
This article was written by CEP President Dave Coles
An Attack on Unions - Bill C-377
An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act was introduced in Parliament in February 2012, by Conservative MP Russ Hiebert, (South Surrey, White Rock, Cloverdale, BC). The bill requires unions to file detailed financial statements, which will be made available on the Canada Revenue Agency website.
We are not opposed to transparency. CEP members have access to financial statements on a regular basis. But why unions? And why now? Employer associations and many other organized groups are not required to file anything. Even charities or public companies that do file information, are required to reveal far less than what this bill asks of us.
Could it be that the Harper government wants to know how much we are spending on political action, advocacy and bargaining against their corporate friends? They have tried this before and failed. In 1991 the Supreme Court even made a decision recognizing the importance and legitimacy of trade unions in engaging in political and advocacy activities on behalf of their members.
Interestingly, this bill mimics the bill adopted in the U.S. under former president Bush. At that time, Newt Gingrich was quoted saying “requiring detailed disclosure on unions’ advocacy activities will weaken our opponents and encourage our allies…”
Help us fight Bill C-377 by taking two actions: Email or call Russ Hiebert (firstname.lastname@example.org), 613-947-4497, 604-542-9495. Tell him you don’t support Bill C-377 because it is unfair and discriminates against unions. Contact your own MP and tell them that you are a constituent and want them to vote against Bill C-377. C-377 is not about transparency - it’s an attack on unions.
The Conservatives’ double standards tell us who they truly support
CRTC Decision Jeopardizes Local News
OTTAWA - In terminating the Local Programming Improvement Fund (LPIF) the CRTC has cravenly caved to Canada's largest media barons and jeopardized Canadians' access to high-quality local news and information, says Canada's largest media union. In a policy statement a majority of the CRTC's non-elected commissioners voted to terminate the LPIF in August 2014.
"In ending the LPIF the CRTC ignored not only the Fund's critical role in sustaining and strengthening local news across the country but also large broadcasters' threat to close more TV stations," said Peter Murdoch, Vice-President, Media of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada. In April Bell and Shaw told the Commission that seventeen of their TV stations were unprofitable without the LPIF. "Since the CRTC has ignored repeated requests to mandate local news on TV, this decision will lead to job losses and ongoing threats of TV station closures," added Murdoch.
CEP notes that the only evidence that the CRTC used to support this decision was from Canada's largest cable or satellite companies, not the citizens the CRTC was created to serve. Over 1300 individuals, unions, associations and companies filed submissions about the LPIF - largely to support the Fund and local news - but the CRTC's policy quotes Rogers, Bell and Shaw fifteen times.
"Stephen Harper's no-regulation obsession means that billion dollar cable companies have once again trumped the interests of Canadians, who overwhelmingly offered their support for local TV news," said Murdoch. The CRTC's decision to ignore Canadians in favour of large corporate interests demands an independent public inquiry into whether the CRTC is serving Canadians and their communities.
Recognition of Prior Service as Seniority
In the last three years our Local Union has grown substantially. Along with CTV’s sale of Citytv to Rogers, our National Union organized OMNI-TV operations and engineering employees who are now solidly part of our local. In addition, employees of Etalk are now part of our local, and so are operations and engineering employees of BNN. However, we have not been consistent in the way that we have treated these new members in terms of seniority; if they were organized or came into our bargaining units by agreement all of their prior service was credited for seniority. If they were transferred into the bargaining unit by the employer or applied for a position from another division their prior service with the Company was not credited as seniority.
The employers we deal with now; Rogers and Bell Media, have different views about service and seniority than did CHUM Limited. As a result it was necessary to review and to update our policies about service and seniority in order to treat all of our members fairly and equitably. Therefore, here is a motion passed by your local executive board. The objective of the motion is to recognize the service that many of our new members have brought with them from other divisions of the same company. We will also recognize service that our long term members brought with them from other divisions of CHUM Limited. In this way we feel we will correct the inconsistency in our treatment of members’ seniority.
We are requesting that members who have come from other divisions of Rogers, CTV, or CHUM and who may not have received credit for “uninterrupted service” as seniority to contact us with the details.
Click Here for a copy of the motion.
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New Union Project
Updates on CEP/CAW merger
New Union Update
The project to form a new Canadian union (building on the existing strengths of the CAW and the CEP) is off to a very busy start this New Year.
Follow this link for an update and timeline of events leading to the possible merger: www.newunionproject.ca