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  • User account | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    password that accompanies your username Media Training Conference CALM Newletter Tutorials Presentations given at the CALM Media Training Conference in Toronto Workshops included help I need to design my website being a spokesperson and how to get the media to cover your issue Facebook CALM on Twitter Tweets by CanLabourMedia Most Liked Study reveals secret Canadian bank bailout 2 Infographic CEO pay is too high 1 Presentations given at the

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  • Aalya Ahmad | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    please connect with editor calm ca Aalya Ahmad is an educator writer and trade union activist She works as 1 comments Media Training Conference CALM Newletter Tutorials Presentations given at the CALM Media Training Conference in Toronto Workshops included help I need to design my website being a spokesperson and how to get the media to cover your issue Facebook User login Username Password Request new password CALM on Twitter

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  • Tapping Into Our Talent: Union Members As Spokespeople | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    the same issues helps to show we really are the diverse and representative movement we say we are which in turn helps the labour movement to engage communities it may not currently be reaching Add New Angles One good way to keep a campaign or issue at the forefront of consciousness is to uncover new angles from which to present it How many times do we want to hear from the same spokesperson saying the same thing before our eyes glaze over and we lose interest However if we are shown how different members might be affected in different ways or that the issue has consequences that haven t yet been discussed that makes it a lot more interesting adding fresh perspectives to the story which makes the campaign or issue harder to dismiss Keep It Real In the age of PR we are justifiably wary of the glib talking head spokesperson spouting a spin doctored line Overly orchestrated media events and releases complete with carefully crafted quotes from leaders are often greeted with apathy from journalists members and the public alike Additionally employers often devote a lot of resources to this type of corporate communications spiel and it s tough to compete However a heartfelt story from a member who is living the issues they are talking about will hands down beat a slickster in a suit anytime Here s two videos by OPSEU showcasing its members Issues for Members as Spokespeople There are of course many times when it just makes more sense for official union representatives to be spokespeople For example employers can and will use disciplinary tactics on rank and file members citing corporate policies on speaking to the media or using social media In such cases a regular union member might have to tread carefully whereas a steward or local president is afforded a great deal more legal protection by virtue of their role as a union representative to openly tackle the boss If it s a sensitive issue or if strong criticism is called for ensure union protection is there for the spokesperson allies who can t be disciplined or fired by the boss can and should speak out as well It s always a good idea to ensure all your members are aware of dos and don t s in speaking to the media however as they could be interviewed at pickets rallies and demos by journalists seeking the average union member s perspective When what s at stake is a national policy issue or campaign or an official statement or action from the union as a whole obviously the elected leaders of the union are going to speak However it helps to have members and allies available as well If member spokespeople are unaware of how to avoid being slapped with a defamation lawsuit they could also end up in trouble that could easily have been avoided with a little training In fact training is the key to avoiding all these issues

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  • Tapping Into Our Talent: Union Members As Spokespeople | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    the same issues helps to show we really are the diverse and representative movement we say we are which in turn helps the labour movement to engage communities it may not currently be reaching Add New Angles One good way to keep a campaign or issue at the forefront of consciousness is to uncover new angles from which to present it How many times do we want to hear from the same spokesperson saying the same thing before our eyes glaze over and we lose interest However if we are shown how different members might be affected in different ways or that the issue has consequences that haven t yet been discussed that makes it a lot more interesting adding fresh perspectives to the story which makes the campaign or issue harder to dismiss Keep It Real In the age of PR we are justifiably wary of the glib talking head spokesperson spouting a spin doctored line Overly orchestrated media events and releases complete with carefully crafted quotes from leaders are often greeted with apathy from journalists members and the public alike Additionally employers often devote a lot of resources to this type of corporate communications spiel and it s tough to compete However a heartfelt story from a member who is living the issues they are talking about will hands down beat a slickster in a suit anytime Here s two videos by OPSEU showcasing its members Issues for Members as Spokespeople There are of course many times when it just makes more sense for official union representatives to be spokespeople For example employers can and will use disciplinary tactics on rank and file members citing corporate policies on speaking to the media or using social media In such cases a regular union member might have to tread carefully whereas a steward or local president is afforded a great deal more legal protection by virtue of their role as a union representative to openly tackle the boss If it s a sensitive issue or if strong criticism is called for ensure union protection is there for the spokesperson allies who can t be disciplined or fired by the boss can and should speak out as well It s always a good idea to ensure all your members are aware of dos and don t s in speaking to the media however as they could be interviewed at pickets rallies and demos by journalists seeking the average union member s perspective When what s at stake is a national policy issue or campaign or an official statement or action from the union as a whole obviously the elected leaders of the union are going to speak However it helps to have members and allies available as well If member spokespeople are unaware of how to avoid being slapped with a defamation lawsuit they could also end up in trouble that could easily have been avoided with a little training In fact training is the key to avoiding all these issues

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  • User account | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    password that accompanies your username Media Training Conference CALM Newletter Tutorials Presentations given at the CALM Media Training Conference in Toronto Workshops included help I need to design my website being a spokesperson and how to get the media to cover your issue Facebook CALM on Twitter Tweets by CanLabourMedia Most Liked Study reveals secret Canadian bank bailout 2 Infographic CEO pay is too high 1 Presentations given at the

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  • CALM | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    round up from June 3 17 Conservative Bill a deformation of labour relations CAW Says The Canadian Autoworkers criticized a new Conservative private members bill that would force federally regulated industries to vote to unionize instead of the current practice of card check 0 comments Labour News Roundup November in review Dec 2 2014 Anti austerity battle heats up in Quebec More than a hundred thousand people marched in the streets of Montreal on Saturday to protest the Quebec Liberal government s austerity agenda The Liberal government has unleashed wide ranging cuts and increasing user fees hiking daycare fees cutting 0 comments Labour News Round up October in review 2014 Oct 22 2014 Quebec student labour protest movement against austerity grows A Halloween march against the horror show of the Quebec Liberal government s austerity agenda brought out 50 000 people into the streets of Montreal with other smaller demonstrations across the province The same day 85 000 0 comments Labour News Roundup September 2014 Sep 29 2014 Canadians increasingly holding progressive values and views An EKOS research poll says that Canadians are increasingly shifting to hold progressive values reacting to the right wing politics of Stephen Harpers Conervative party The last six years has seen a 20 percent jump in people who 0 comments Labour News Roundup August 2014 Sep 2 2014 BC government still stalling resolution of teachers strike The British Columbia teachers strike continues with the provincial government stalling on negotiations in an attempt to wait out the teachers and reach an agreement that falls short of two court decisions in the teachers favour With 0 comments Labour News Roundup Summer in Review Jul 14 2014 BC Teachers strike continues through end of the school year Teachers in British Columbia continued their strike through the end of

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  • Labour News Roundup - November in review | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    oil train and diversify its economy CLC study highlights impact of domestic violence in the workplace The CLC has helped conduct the first survey showing the troubling impact of domestic violence in the workplace The survey done with researchers from the University of Western Ontario showed that over half of those reporting domestic violence experienced at least one type of abusive act at or near the workplace such things as abusive phone calls or stalking 8 5 percent of people reporting domestic violence indicated they had lost their jobs because of it while nearly 40 percent said it impacted their ability to get to work The CLC aims to use the research to inform public policy Some unions are already integrating this understanding For instance CUPW has a network of stewards trained to assist in such scenarios Growing inequality in Canada has lethal consequences A new study shows that income inequality is leading to the premature death of 40 000 Canadians a year The study by Statistics Canada compared the life prospects of rich and poor and found that if all Canadians were as healthy as the top 20 per cent of income earners it would result in about 40 000 fewer deaths each year The study followed 2 7 million Canadians for 16 years and compared the person s income to their death rates from a range of illnesses and injuries Two health professors in the Toronto Star called for better policy making drawing on the connection between social inequality and health Tories throw live in caregivers into greater precocity Harper government has introduced changes to the live in caregiver program that will curtail the pathway to permanent residency and create even more precarious work conditions for caregivers It is restricting the number of caregivers who can apply for permanent residency previously they had universal access after working in Canada for two years Caregiver advocates say what is needed is permanent residency upon arrival which is what would protect the workers from abuse and let them speak out about abuses without risk of deportation The reforms will also prevent care givers from applying for humanitarian and compassion consideration BC Fed s new president promises fight Irene Lanzinger was elected the new president of the B C Federation of Labour announcing that she plans to make a 15 per hour minimum wage one of her top objectives She s the first female president in the BC Federation s history after defeating Amber Hockin in a tight race during the federation s annual convention She outlined other concerns health and safety bargaining organizing and defending public services from government attack Alberta workplace prosecution needs improvement Critics say Alberta s prosecution of workplace safety violations needs to improve to come into line with the other provinces and send a message to companies Workplace deaths in 2013 increased to a near high 188 in Alberta and there have already been 120 deaths in the first 10 months of 2014 The Alberta Federation of

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  • User account | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    password that accompanies your username Media Training Conference CALM Newletter Tutorials Presentations given at the CALM Media Training Conference in Toronto Workshops included help I need to design my website being a spokesperson and how to get the media to cover your issue Facebook CALM on Twitter Tweets by CanLabourMedia Most Liked Study reveals secret Canadian bank bailout 2 Infographic CEO pay is too high 1 Presentations given at the

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