The federal labour board confirmed today that VICE Canada employees voted in favour of joining the Canadian Media Guild.
“We are thrilled to welcome employees at VICE Canada into the Canadian Media Guild,” says Carmel Smyth, national president of the Canadian Media Guild. “We look forward to working with them and one of Canada’s most innovative and exciting digital media organizations to create a positive workplace now and for the future.”
The new bargaining unit includes all VICE employees across Canada with the exception of managers and people working in sales. The labour board is expected to issue a formal bargaining certificate soon.
“VICE Canada started as a six-person office above a coffee shop in Montreal,” says Ryan Archibald, Ryan Archibald, President, VICE Canada. “Today, we employ over 200 of the best minds in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. It goes without saying that I am enormously proud of what we have built here and support those employees who have voted to unionize and those who have not. We have evolved to produce award-winning content and work with some of the most creative people in Canada. Today we offer competitive compensation, comprehensive benefits and the opportunity to participate in company equity. Through these steps and others, we will to continue do whatever it takes to draw and retain the next generation of talent.”
The Canadian Media Guild is 6,000 journalists, hosts producers, technicians, videographers, editors, librarians, programmers, sales reps, administrative staff and freelancers. We believe a quality media system that serves all Canadians is built on healthy organizations that treat workers fairly.
VICE Canada includes a network of digital channels; a production studio; a magazine; an in-house creative services agency and a newly launched TV network in partnership with Rogers called VICELAND. VICE Canada’s award-winning programming has been recognized by the Canadian Screen Association and the Webbys. VICE Canada is headquartered in Toronto with offices in Montreal and Vancouver. Launched in 1994, VICE Media now operates in over 30 countries and distributes its programming to hundreds of millions of viewers across digital, linear, mobile, film and socials.