Cineflix workers will receive $2.5 million in unpaid overtime settlement, unions say

Two Canadian media and entertainment unions say Cineflix has agreed to pay workers $2.5 million to settle a class action lawsuit over unpaid labor.

CWA Canada, the country’s only all-media union, and the International Alliance Of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) say the deal with the Toronto-based media production company behind several popular reality TV shows comes after three years of negotiations.

Unions say the lawsuit was brought by law firm Cavalluzzo LLP on behalf of hundreds of current and former workers over years of unpaid overtime, paid time off and vacation bonuses.

They say Cineflix had a choice between paying $2.5 million or paying $1 million and signing a collective bargaining agreement with the unions.

The unions say the company informed Cavalluzzo last week that it had chosen the first option and that the funds had been placed in trust to pay the workers.

Anna Bourque, the representative plaintiff in the class action, says the settlement is a win-win for the workers.

“I think this might actually be the best outcome for all workers,” she said in a statement.

“Cineflix has decided to pay $2.5 million to everyone involved in the class action lawsuit, which doesn’t stop Cineflix workers from organizing, unionizing and getting a collective bargaining agreement anyway. .”

Cineflix is ​​one of the largest factual television companies in Canada, producing shows like Property Brothers and Mayday.