Canadian Freelance Union bylaws approved by members
The Canadian Freelance Union (CFU) is now fully legal, its president has announced. The CFU’s charter members voted on a series of bylaws and they were overwhelmingly approved (94 per cent in favour).
Here are some details distributed by CFU president Michael OReilly:
- With the formal creation of the CFU it is now accepting regular membership applications. The annual dues have been set to $125/year, however all Charter Members receive a first-year discount, paying only $100.
During the October 3, 2009 Inaugural Meeting the CFU also elected (by acclamation) its first national Board. They are:
- President: Michael OReilly
- Vice-President: Marco Procaccini
- BC-Yukon Regional Representative: Colleen Fuller
- Prairie, Nunavut & NWT RR: Penney Kome
- Ontario RR: Sharon Lindenburger
- Quebec RR: Daniel Marchand
- Atlantic RR: George Butters
CFU Members immediately receive:
- Access to the CFU Forum (http://www.cfunion.ca/forum)
- A contract advice service to help members interpret and understand what they are signing
- A formal contract support to help members deal with disputes over payment, rights usage or other problems. We will now have the time, and the professional support, to truly help
- A “Red Flag” service to warn members about unscrupulous engagers
- A basic benefits plan
- Access to full benefits packages at rates far lower than would normally be possible (details to be posted on our website and the CFU Forum)
- A Hiring Hall which will link members to work, and work to members
- Use of the CFU bug
- The start of efforts to negotiate better freelance contracts from some of the country’s largest publishers such as Quebecor, Transcontinental, Canwest, Rogers, etc
- Access to a new Creator-focused Credit Union (Ontario members only– at least for now).
In addition to the above services, the CFU is working to deliver
additional ones such as:
- A PRESS CARD (which will also be your CFU membership card)
- Access to other group benefits (possibly car rental, office supplies, hotels, etc.)
- A standard contract which can be used by all members (tailored to each individual sector)
- A published set of standard rates
- An accounting/tax service
- Training and skills upgrading programs.
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