Cineflix workers could share more than $1 million in class-action settlement: unions

TORONTO – Two Canadian media and entertainment unions say a Toronto-based production company behind some popular reality shows has agreed to pay employees at factual TV company Cineflix at least $ 1 million to settle a class action lawsuit.

CWA Canada and IATSE say the settlement agreement was submitted to an Ontario court for approval on Monday after three years of negotiations.

The lawsuit was filed in 2018 by the Cavalluzzo law firm on behalf of hundreds of current and former Cineflix employees who produce television programs such as “Property Brothers” and “Mayday”. It came after a five-year “Fairness in Factual” campaign by CWA Canada to bring fair working conditions to the industry. IATSE joined the 2019 campaign by forming the Factual Television Joint Council.

The proposed deal would apply to all claims to employment standards (overtime pay, vacation pay, vacation pay) for almost everyone who has worked for Cineflix as an employee or self-employed contractor since October 2016.

According to the unions, Cineflix also has until March to decide whether to sign a collective agreement that has already been negotiated or to pay an additional lump sum.

Cavalluzzo has also filed a class action lawsuit against Insight Productions for damages for alleged violations of labor standards. That is still on trial. Insight Productions is best known for producing Canadian versions of shows such as CBC’s “The Amazing Race”, “Big Brother” and “Battle of the Blades”.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on September 27, 2021.

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