BARGAINING UNITS COUNCIL
Response to CRTC Decision 2014-399, July 31st, 2014
The Unionized employees at Rogers Media operations applaud many aspects of the CRTC’s decision, especially those that affirm the importance of local programming to Canadians and we look forward to working with both the Commission and Roger’s to protect and strengthen daily original local programming in the near future.
The Commission turned down many of Roger’s requests that would have effectively changed the multicultural nature of their OMNI operations. We look forward to expressing a positive vision of local ethnic programming during next years review of the Ethnic Broadcasting Policy.
Rogers has been directed to apply for a network license for it’s National Hockey League plans and is now required through condition of license to calculate any local programming separately for NHL operations.
We are disappointed that Rogers did not take this opportunity to express a clear plan for programming that captures local multicultural issues and concerns. We hope to work with Rogers through the creation of advisory boards, that should include the creative professionals we represent, to achieve a sustainable 100% ethnic programming model for OMNI’s future by August of 2016.
It is of great concern that the Commission is allowing Rogers to operate their OMNI Edmonton license with only 1.5 hours a week of local programming and their OMNI Calgary license with only 3.5 hours a week of local programming.
We disagree with the Commission’s determination that requiring 14 hours of local programming at it’s OMNI operations would cost $2 million and create “undue financial burden for Rogers”. Rogers total revenues for 2013 were reported at $12.7 billion, $1.7 billion of that was in media with a $161 million adjusted operating profit.
This decision gives us hope for the future of multicultural and local programming and we look forward to working with Rogers and the CRTC in the future.
Stephen Hawkins, President Unifor Local 830M
Chairperson, Rogers Bargaining Units Council
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada has filed a Complaint at the CRTC against Rogers Broadcasting Limited and the cancellation of 21 programs aimed at 13 ethnic communities.
We ask that you support CEP’s application to the CRTC, which asks Rogers to reinstate its previous level of coverage of the local Chinese and other multicultural communities. Here’s how – but you must send in your support by Monday, August 12, 2013 to ensure the CRTC hears your views:
Go to this page on the CRTC’s website: Scroll down to the tenth entry from the top – “OMNI-TV” “2013-0996-4.
Click on the submit button and say that you support this application. You will be guided to click through a few pages as you move through the link, so be sure to scroll down to the bottom of each page to click next. You will be asked your name and email address so that the CRTC can verify that you are a real person.
You only need to make a very simple statement. Here are some examples of what you can say if you submit: “Please call Rogers to a public hearing about the OMNI programming changes”, or “I support CEP’s application” or “I oppose the changes that Rogers Broadcasting has made to its OMNI TV stations, and support CEP’s request for the CRTC to hold a public hearing about this important issue”.
Please take 5 minutes out of your day to let the CRTC know how important LOCAL NEWS JOBS are!
More information can be found on Facebook at: OMNI Updates.
Please share this information with your friends and family and encourage them to support this important initiative.
An application has been submitted to the CRTC, the federal agency that regulates the OMNI TV stations, asking the CRTC to call Rogers Broadcasting Limited to a public hearing where people can present their concerns about the program changes.
The CRTC is asking for the public’s views about this application. If you oppose the program changes, which especially hurt local news for Canada’s multicultural communities, you can tell the CRTC, as long as the CRTC receives those comments by Monday, August 12, 2013. The CRTC will not consider comments it receives after this date.
If filing online, follow these steps:
The CRTC has a system to let people comment online – it seems long, but is mostly a series of clicks.
It is available on this CRTC web page: Broadcasting Part 1 Applications Open for Comment
SCROLL DOWN THE PAGE TO FIND CEP’s APPLICATION: 2013-0996-4
Then click on “Submit” (under 12 August 2013). This brings you through several pages, follow the instructions. You can either make your comments on their web site or attach a document file with your comments on it.
The new Collective Agreements have been distributed. If you haven’t received a copy, contact your Steward: Gautam Auora; George Badea; Rob Brownridge; Laura Cratty; Kristin Johnson (KJ); Eric Lai; Monica Lee; Carl Ngui-yen; Todd Simon; Nelson Wong.
The CBA is also posted on this website
OMNI Editorial Group
An application is now before the Canadian Industrial Relations Board to bring 18 OMNI editorial employees, whose jobs are similar to unionized positions at Citytv, into our Local as new members.
Media Council 2013
Your Local is sending three representatives to attend the annual Media Council meeting in Ottawa this May. They will also be meeting with members of the Rogers Bargaining Units Council.
The New Union Project (the merger between CAW and CEP) will be one of the main topics of discussion.
BC’s New Family Day
As a federally regulated industry we have to negotiate new provincial holidays into our collective agreement. During last years negotiations we attempted to get Family Day recognized and Rogers refused our request.
This means February 11th is a regular working day. If you want it off, you can put in a vacation request or take your floater day.
New Union Project
Details are on the web site. New Union logo and name questionnaire: www.newunionproject.ca
Response deadline is Feb 4th.
Seniority Date Confirmation
Carl Larsen and Cindy Leong have been working with our stewards to confirm membership information, including seniority dates. If there is a difference between your company start date and the date your steward gave you, let Cindy or Carl know ASAP, so we can have the Company correct your date.
This video was presented to CEP’s National Convention in Quebec City on October 15th, 2012: Towards a New Union
The results of the vote were overwhelming support: The Vote
Who is MorneauShepell?
MorneauShepell is the company Rogers employs to administer and reduce the cost of employees short and long term disabilities claims
What is a “Triage Interview”?
This is the interview that a Morneau-Shepell case manager conducts with an employee after the employee has been away from work for more than three days due to an illness.
What information do I need to provide the case manager? Can I limit the amount of medical information MorneauShepell accesses?
You can limit the information you provide the case manager to relevant medical information to your current medical condition
You can also request that your doctor provides you with any information they provide MorneauShepell and to limit that information to your current medical condition
What should I do if I don’t feel comfortable with one of the case manager’s questions?
If you feel your case manager’s question is not appropriate or relevant to your current medical condition; or if you feel it is an infringement on your human rights, you can refuse to answer the question and confidentially contact your Union representative
THE BENEFITS OF BENEFITS
- You have $500 coverage for each approved paramedical practitioner like Chiropractor, Physiotherapist, Naturopath, Acupuncturist, Podiatrist and Registered Massage Therapist (with a Doctors referral for the RMT). This coverage is renewed on January 1st of each year
- Vision Care: once a year exams for children and once every two years for adults along with $200 for eye glasses every two years
- Rogers uses a third-party company, Morneau Shepell, to administer Short-Term Disability claims. There are several things you should be aware of if you find yourself dealing with this company regarding a claim. The Union’s website has a list of FAQs that can help you better understand this process
USE IT OR LOSE IT FLOATER HOLIDAY
- Your “Floater Holiday”, which is additional to annual and statutory holidays. It is a use it or lose it vacation so check with your supervisor to make sure it is used before August 31st
FALL UNION MEETING
- Our annual general membership meeting will be in the last week of September
- Elections for President and Chief Steward
- Withdrawal from the Independent Broadcast Locals Council
- Presentation of proposed by-laws for Rogers Bargaining Units Council
Labour Management Committee Meeting
- On April 20th, we met with Rogers management team including Nicole Cram, the new HR representative for Western stations
- Rogers was given a draft of our new Collective Agreement
- Vacation request process was reviewed
- Seniority dates and updates related to recent bargaining were discussed
Rogers Bargaining Units Council & Media Council 2012
- In May we met with other CEP Rogers locals in Victoria and exchanged information on new editing and other technologies
- The group also discussed concerns around Rogers use of Morneau Shepell to administer and reduce short term disability claims
- In the wider Media Council 2012, there was discussion on a proposed merger of CEP and CAW to create a new, larger union of up to 300,000 members. For more information on this proposal check out the web site: www.newunionproject.ca
- A plan with Bell and the local union is now in place. Contact Carl Larsen for details