New collective agreement ratified at City TV/OMNI

Workers represented by Unifor at City TV and OMNI in have voted 84% to ratify a tentative agreement reached this week with Rogers Media.

“I am very proud of our negotiating team and our members who showed their solidarity, attended information sessions, and gave us important feedback that made a difference at the bargaining table,” said Angelo Contarin, bargaining committee chair and president of local 723M.

This new three year agreement covers 288 media workers at both City TV and OMNI in Toronto, including camera operators, hosts, reporters, editors, production assistants, writers, switchers and other production crew.

The union negotiated an increase in wages in consideration of the hard work done by employees. The contract includes a two per cent wage increase retroactive to November 1, 2017 plus 1.75 per cent this year and next and an additional two per cent wage increase in 2020-21.

“With the state of the media industry in Canada, and recent outsourcing of Chinese language news services, we began bargaining in October expecting a tough fight to protect the rights we have gained over the years,” said Contarin.

Other gains made in this agreement include increased compensation for temporary upgrades, night premiums, overnight premiums and improved job security.

Rogers Media also agreed to start funding the union's Paid Education Leave program which will be used to train local 723M stewards and officers.




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