The Canadian Freelance Union (CFU) is launching its first-ever organizing drive as a community chapter of Unifor.
The drive comes as freelancing becomes more and more common and the number of self-employed Canadians working in precarious jobs continues to grow.
“Self-employed communications professionals are growing in numbers at the same time as they have seen their incomes plummet. The Canadian Freelance Union seeks to reverse this trend and improve the working conditions of freelance workers,” said Leslie Dyson, acting president of the CFU.
The organizing drive is being coordinated on a national level, with efforts in Vancouver, Toronto and Halifax.
The CFU seeks to offer the protections and benefits associated with unionized jobs, as well as provide access to discounted insurance rates, press credentials and advocacy.
The CFU represents freelance workers employed as artists, designers, online communications workers, journalists and translators.
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