Monday, November 28, 2005

Organizing freelancers? Maybe. Maybe not

If you haven't had the opportunity to see it, there is some interesting analysis in Julie Crysler's article "Unite the Write?" in the November-December issue of This Magazine. It explores the implications of and impediments to the unionizing of freelance writers. The movement surfaced in August.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unions form when companies exploit workers. For a generation, Canadian magazines and newspapers have not increased their rates, at the same time as they have grabbed more copyrights. This cuts off another source of income for freelance writers: selling second and third publication rights to our stories.

This is terrible exploitation, and it's what makes freelancers think differently about banding together as a union. It will be a long uphill climb, but we have nothing left to lose.

Gordon Graham
PWAC President

5:26 pm  

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