On-air reporters, anchors, and hosts at all-news television station CP24 have joined their unionized co-workers at the station to become members of Unifor.
“In these challenging times for the media sector, journalists and media workers are seeing the value in being part of a union that fights for the future of the industry,” said Unifor Media Director Howard Law.
Unifor’s Local News Matters campaign has stressed the importance of quality journalism in a functioning democracy, and highlighted the threat of internet giants such as Google and Facebook claiming most advertising dollars.
The 25 workers will be members of Local 723-M after their bargaining unit was certified last week by the Canada Industrial Relations Board.
Local 723-M—which already represented the station’s behind-the-camera workers such as camera operators, editors, technicians, and make-up artists - played an active role in bringing the group into Unifor.
“By standing together, the staff at CP24 will have a stronger voice as the media sector goes through the current period of transition,” said Unifor Local 723-M President Angelo Contarin.