ST. JOHN’S, NL – In a resounding victory, workers at Canadian AV Inc. have voted unanimously in favour of joining IATSE Local 709. Increased wages, improved communication, better benefits, and strong union representation were just a few of the reasons why workers at Canadian AV decided to work together to improve their working conditions.
The Newfoundland-owned company was founded in 2013 and offers professional audio-visual rental equipment and trade-show management, as well as audio services and technicians.
“Our members in Newfoundland and Labrador know that union membership means better working conditions,” said Natasha Jeffery, IATSE Local 709 Business Agent. “IATSE members work exclusively in the entertainment industry – in all its forms – and we are thrilled to welcome these new members to the IATSE family.”
Despite delays from the Labour Relations Board, workers at Canadian AV showed tremendous courage and perseverance as they waited for their ballots to be counted. With the support of IATSE Local 709, the workers will now begin the process of collective bargaining; the democratic process all workers can participate in to negotiate their new agreement. The collective agreement will then be voted on by the workers at Canadian AV.
IATSE Local 709 represents over 200 members in film, stage and cinema across Newfoundland and Labrador. NL entertainment workers interested in improving their working conditions through collective bargaining and union representation are encouraged to contact Natasha Jeffery at email@example.com.
For more information, contact:
Krista Hurdon, IATSE International Representative