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Organizing where labour has no rights: A study of the Canadian Media Guild’s fairness in factual TV campaign

February 7, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


As a result of the nebulous definitions and various exemptions in the Employment Standards Act (2000) and the Labour Relations Act (1995), many workers in Ontario have been unable to organize for decades and have been left without basic workplace protections and rights. The entertainment industry is just one of many sectors where this applies.

As part of the Centre for Labour Management Relations’ “Organizing the Unorganized” lecture series, this talk, featuring the Canadian Media Guild, will:

1. Review the history of the factual / reality TV industry in Canada,
2. Explore how workers in this industry are falling through the cracks of Ontario’s employment and labour legislations,
3. Examine why these workers’ situations have been challenging for their sector’s labour unions to address, and
4. Propose remedies being sought through the Government of Ontario.

This talk will also:

A. Assess international efforts to organize similar workers,
B. Compare the challenges these workers face to the situation of others classified as independent contractors, and
C. Discuss how Canada’s tax law contributes to undercutting labour rights and workers’ abilities to gain a collective voice.


February 7, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Centre for Labour Management Relations
416.979.5000 ext. 6761
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1 Dundas St. W.
Suite 2310 - 1 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1Z3 Canada
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416.979.5000 ext. 6761