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President’s Message – July 2017

July 13, 2017

Hello ACTRA members,

I wanted to provide you with a quick update on negotiations for the National Commercial Agreement.

As you’ve likely heard, the Engagers – representing commercial agencies and advertisers – walked away from the table on June 28. Tomorrow, we’re heading back into further talks. This time with the help of a professional mediator.

Your bargaining team believes we can find a deal, but we need the Engagers to meet us halfway and show ACTRA members – ACTRA members who make their industry work – the respect that we deserve.

We’re looking for some basic things:

  • proper compensation for all ACTRA performers – especially in Digital Media, which is becoming a greater and greater part of the commercial industry;
  • simplifying and modernizing the agreement to capture the work that is not currently going to ACTRA performers; and
  • improving Health and Safety.

What we don’t want to see, and can’t accept, are proposals that take us backward:

  • reducing session fees for certain performers;
  • eliminating residuals for other performers; and
  • making it easier to replace ACTRA performers with non-union performers or “real” people.

Our incredible bargaining team has been working long and hard and is ready to reach a deal.

We hope that, with the help of a mediator this week, we’ll get one.

Thanks to all ACTRA members for standing strong and staying united and offering their support.

Watch your email for more details.

Together we are stronger.

Thanks for your support.

In solidarity,

David Sparrow
President
@davesparrow14

ACTRA stands in solidarity with SAG-AFTRA during their Interactive Media Agreement negotiations

Last year, SAG-AFTRA launched strike action against video game companies. In solidarity, ACTRA instructed our 23,000 members across Canada not to accept any struck work from the videogame companies involved in these negotiations.

SAG-AFTRA has now reached a tentative agreement and suspended the strike, ACTRA members are free to resume working for the companies that were struck on all titles effective immediately.

ACTRA has been proud to stand in solidarity with our SAG-AFTRA sisters and brothers during their job action over re-negotiation of their Interactive Media Agreement.

For ACTRA Members who have any questions, please contact your local Branch.

Labour Day 2017

Labour Day is coming up fast and ACTRA Branches across the country are once again participating in parades, picnics, and a host of other fun and exciting activities.

On Monday, September 4th, ACTRA invites YOU and your fellow members to join in the festivities at your Branch. Local events are listed below:

BRITISH COLUMBIA
CLC Labour Day Events – Pacific Region:
http://canadianlabour.ca/event-calendar/all-events/labour-day-events-2017-pacific-region-september-2-10

OTTAWA
Ottawa District Labour Council notice

SASKATCHEWAN
Regina Labour Day Picnic: Wascana Park –  12PM-4PM
Saskatoon Labour Day Picnic: Victoria Park 11AM – 1PM

TORONTO

Toronto Labour Day Parade
Meet at Armoury Street and University Avenue (please arrive between 8:15am-9:15am): http://www.actratoronto.com/advocacy/labour-day/

CANADIAN LABOUR CONGRESS EVENTS
Labour Day is a great time to celebrate all Canadian workers. Find out what is happening in your neck of the woods on the CLC events page… CLICK HERE FOR INFO

Treasurer’s Report for the Fiscal Year Ended February 28, 2017

A brief overview of the financial statements for the fiscal year ended February 28, 2017

Fiscal 2016/17 Revenue of $5.9 million increased by $305,500 or 5.5% from the prior year. Equalization Revenue increased by $181,400 or 13.4%.  Full Member per capita payments increased by $97,300 from the prior fiscal year due to an increase in Full Member count of 2.7%. Apprentice Member per capita payments increased by $20,500 from the prior fiscal year reflecting an increase in Apprentice Member count of 5.9%. Consistent with Canadian accounting principles, the investments held for trading were adjusted to their market value at year end.

Total Fiscal 2016/17 expenses of $5.6 million increased by $153,200 or 2.8% from the prior year.

ACTRA’s Information Services costs increased by $492,400 or 55.1% from the prior year. The IS focus in Fiscal 2016/17 was the MFTS and AMS integration, and ACTRAonline.  The increase in costs was mostly due to resources needed for the two projects; 3 intermediate developers, 1 department manager and 1 project manager were added to the IS staff in Fiscal 2016/17. The integration of the MFTS and AMS systems went live on January 1, 2017. Congratulations to all involved in the project! The benefits of integrating the systems will serve the membership well. Development of ACTRAonline, an exciting new approach to how ACTRA works with engagers and membership services, began in the fiscal year. ACTRAonline will provide long-term benefits to ACTRA members. This increase in costs also reflects ACTRA’s ongoing commitment to provide excellent service to members across the country by upgrading software, hardware and network connections. Such upgrades will ensure the efficiency, stability and security of all systems.

In Fiscal 2016/17 Collective Agreement Negotiation and Administration costs were $238,600 lower than the prior year. The IPA was negotiated in Fiscal 2015/16.

Fiscal 2016/17 Salaries (excluding IS) are lower than last year by $70,000 due to vacant positions not filled.

All other Fiscal 2016/17 expenses account for a decrease of $30,600 or 1.7% from the prior year.

ACTRA National’s Fiscal 2016/17 Operating Surplus is $284,400. Consistent with the surplus policy established in October 2007, operating surplus in excess of $2 million will be distributed to the Branches and $284,400 will be distributed in this fiscal year. Consistent with Canadian accounting rules, the transfer to the Branches is recorded on the balance sheet.

Click here to view the audited financial statements.

Theresa Tova
ACTRA National Trea$urer

New ACTRA PRS payment policy

ACTRA PRS launched direct deposit in 2015 for Use fee payments to reduce the costs associated with issuing and mailing paper cheques. Paper cheques are now only issued once per year in December. Effective in the December 2017 cheque run, ACTRA PRS will only issue cheques to performers who have accumulated at least CAD $20 net in Use fees.

Payment policy details:

  1. Performers who have registered for direct deposit at a bank in Canada will continue to receive Use fee payments throughout the year as they become available (i.e. your Use fee payments via direct deposit will not be affected by this minimum amount for cheques).
  2. Performers who have not registered for direct deposit will receive a cheque at the end of the calendar year only if their net Use fee payments are equal to or greater than CAD $20. Amounts under $20 will be held until:
  3. All performers are encouraged to register for direct deposit to avoid any delay in payment.

President’s Message – May 2017

May 18, 2017

Hello ACTRA members,

This past weekend, your leaders from across the country met at National Council to agree again on the strategic direction of our great union. They identified priorities and suggested strategies to support work opportunities for every member, to champion diversity on all our screens, to adapt to changing technologies, to address the growth of non-union work, to ensure our governments know artists and culture matter, and to build our own national solidarity. We also chose a new National President when Ferne Downey, after eight exceptional years, moved into the role of Past-President.

My name is David Sparrow and I look forward as your new National President to working along-side our Executive and National Councillors from across the land to lead our union of professional performers over the next two years. We have a lot of work to do, but I know when we stand together and face challenges head-on, we can make a difference. I have seen that when we have unity of purpose and focus on our primary goals, we can achieve great things. I am very optimistic that our union will continue to be a respected voice for performers and culture in Canada and around the world. If you have a constructive idea or concern, please do not hesitate to contact me directly by email (dsparrow@actra.ca). I look forward to working with you to build a stronger ACTRA.

In solidarity,

David Sparrow
President
@davesparrow14

Reel Women Seen

CAST AND CREW
MATERIALS
SCREENINGS
MEDIA COVERAGE
SPONSORS

A nation-wide collaborative effort by the ACTRA National Women’s Committee, Reel Women Seen takes a comedic look at how women are underrepresented in all areas of screen-based media, most notably: as protagonists; behind the scenes in creative, writing and directorial roles; and in key technical roles.

While telling the stories of realities faced by women in the film and television industry, the film also shows solutions for change.

The talented crew and all-female cast include members of: ACTRA; IATSE locals locals 667 and 669, 873, 891; DGC BC; DGC ON; WGC; NABET; Screen Composers Guild of Canada; and Teamsters.

 

 

 

CAST AND CREW

Cast

Valerie Sing Turner
“Victim/Patient”
Carmen Moore
“Kennaway”
Kristin Lehman
“Fisher”
Jennifer Podemski
“Mom”
Rosemary Dunsmore
“Grandma”
Krystal Hope Nausbaum
“Teen Daughter”
Saara Chaudry
“Young Daugther “
Gabrielle Rose
“Dr. Old”
Veena Sood
“Nurse”
Jodelle Ferland
“Dr. Young”
Rukiya Bernard
“Dr. Minority”
Heather Allin
“Producer”
Jajube Mandiela
“Actress”
Samantha Wan
“Samantha”
Amanda Joy
“Amanda”
Ellen David
“1st Assistant Director”
Cary Lawrence
“Director”
Karen Robinson
“Screenwriter”
Tommie Amber Pirie
“Director of Photography”

Production

Directed By
Amanda Tapping
Written By
Elvira Kurt
Produced By
Heather Allin
Director of Photography
Kim Derko, C.S.C.
Edited By
Lara Mazur, CCE
Original Score By
Janal Bechthold
Diana Magnus
Production Designer
Cary Lawrence
Associate Producer
Catherine Lough Haggquist
Associate Producer
Farah Merani
Associate Producer
Freya Ravensbergen
Associate Producer
Jodi Sadowsky
Associate Producer
Christine Willes
Associate Producer
Daintry Dalton (ACTRA)
Associate Producer

Production Managers and Line Producers

Maura G.C. Ferrand
(Toronto)
Patti Poskitt
(Vancouver)

Post-Production

Denise Lee Hutchinson
Post Production Supervisor
Claire Dobson
Sound Editor
Dondrea Erauw
Music Supervisor
Julia Niendorf
DI Post Project Manager

Crew

Christina Kasperczyk
Camera Operator
(Vancouver)
Tammy Jones
Camera Operator
(Vancouver)
Sylvaine Dufaux
Camera Operator
(Toronto)
Kerri Coombs
Gaffer
(Vancouver)
Maya Nadine Chang
Key Grip
(Vancouver)
Sarah Beck
Best Boy Electric
(Toronto)
Randi Lee Reilly
Best Boy Grip
(Toronto)

Click here to download select cast and production team bios.

This short film would not have been possible without the hard work of a large team of dedicated people. For the full list of everyone who helped make this film, visit imdb.com.

MATERIALS
The following materials are available for download:
Cast/production team bios
Pre-Production news releases: Vancouver / Toronto
Production photos (low-res only; please contact Heather Allin to request high-res copies)
Film poster (low-res): PDF / Image (please contact Heather Allin to request high-res versions)
Cast/Crew interviews

SCREENINGS
Are you interested in organizing a screening of Reel Women Seen for your union or guild? Please contact Heather Allin (hallin@actratoronto.com) or Daintry Dalton (ddalton@actra.ca) to be provided with a copy of the film.

Upcoming screenings

Elles Tournent: Int’l
Women’s Film Festival
Brussels, Belgium
January 25-26, 2018
Women & Gender Studies
University of Regina
Date TBD

 

Past screenings

St. John’s Int’l
Women’s Film Festival
St. John’s, NL
Oct 22, 2017 (@4pm)
Vancouver Int’t
Film Festival
Vancouver, BC
Oct 7, 2017
Calgary Int’l Film Festival
Calgary, AB
Sept 30, 2017
Edmonton Int’l Film Festival
Edmonton, AB
Sept 30, 2017

 

China Women’s Film Festival
Beijing, China
September 16-24, 2017
Regina Int’l Film Festival
Regina, SK
August 16-19, 2017
District 6 Women’s Conference
Toronto, ON
July 23-25, 2017
Female Eye Film Festival
Toronto, ON
June 20-25, 2017

 

Yorkton Film Festival
Yorkton, SK
May 25-28, 2017
Cast/Crew Screening
Toronto, ON
May 25, 2017
Screen NS Awards
Halifax, NS
May 4, 2017
MayWorks Festival
Halifax, NS
April 28-May 10, 2017
Cast/Crew Screening
Vancouver, BC
April 25, 2017

 

MEDIA COVERAGE

China Women’s Film Festival promotes female directors and tells women’s stories (September 19, 2017)

A SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

Platinum

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Supporting

Friend

And financial contributions from:

Heather Allin Catherine Lough Haggquist Jina Johnston Lara Mazur Douglas Newell
 Patti Poskitt Gabrielle Rose Jodi Sadowsky Amanda Tapping  Christine Willes

 

NCA L&R Negotiations 2017 FAQs: Ratification

Click this link to be taken to the secure voting site: https://actra-LR.secured.vote/

NCA LOCAL & REGIONAL ADDENDUM SETTLEMENT

The Local and Regional Addendum (L&R) to the National Commercial Agreement is meant to promote work in the regions by employing ACTRA members located in those regions. The Addendum is a “made-in, played-in” Agreement, meaning local advertisers create commercials offering their products and services to local consumers and local audiences.

Click on the following questions relating to the 2017-2020 Local & Regional Addendum to see its respective answer:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*If you have any additional questions, please email the NCA help desk at nca@actra.ca or phone 647-943-1126 / 1-800-387-3516 x 4911

ELIGIBILITY

Pursuant to the current Constitution and By-Laws, you may vote on the ratification of the NCA if you are:

  • a Full Active Member in good standing who has worked under the relevant collective agreement for the previous three-year period (i.e. August 1, 2014, to July 31, 2017 for the current L&R ratification);
  • an Apprentice Member who has two (2) engagements in a residual category under the relevant collective agreement for the previous three-year period (August 1, 2014, to July 31, 2017);
  • an Apprentice Member in a background role who has worked the required number of days under the relevant collective agreement for the previous three-year period (August 1, 2014, to July 31, 2017); or
  • an Additional Background Performer who has worked the required number of days under the under the relevant collective agreement for the previous three-year period (August 1, 2014, to July 31, 2017).

If you have questions about your eligibility or you think you should have received a ballot, please contact your local Branch.

 

 

BALLOTS

Click on the following questions to see its respective answer:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IS THE CURRENT LOCAL & REGIONAL ADDENDUM STILL IN EFFECT?

Yes. The 2014-2017 Local & Regional Addendum of the National Commercial Agreement remains in effect until a new Addendum is reached. The new Addendum will come into effect once it is ratified.

NCA L&R ONLINE VOTING PROCESS

Click on the sections below for information related to voting by online ballot:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAVE A QUESTION THAT IS NOT ANSWERED HERE?

Please contact the L&R NCA help desk between 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. EST Monday to Friday by phone (647-943-1126 or 1-800-387-3516 x 4911) or email (nca@actra.ca).

NCA Local & Regional Addendum Ratification

ACTRA has successfully reached a tentative agreement with the Association of Canadian Advertisers (ACA) and the Institute of Communication Agencies (ICA) to renew the National Commercial Agreement’s Local and Regional Addendum (L&R), which covers production and use of local and regional commercials.

This deal comes to you for ratification with the unanimous recommendation from both your Negotiating Committee and the ACTRA National Executive to vote YES.

This page contains some key details on the new Addendum and how you can vote to support it. Click the links below for key details on the new addendum:

**Please note the NCA’s L&R Addendum requires a separate ratification from the NCA. The NCA referendum was already sent for ratification. Only those who were eligible to vote on the NCA received the information (i.e. just because you are eligible to vote on the L&R, does not mean you were eligible to vote on the NCA – please see the FAQ page for more information on eligibility)**

HOW TO VOTE BY ONLINE BALLOT

  1. You need your ACTRA Member ID (the number on your membership card) and Password (sent by email on September 8, 2017; check your email inbox and/or spam folders and please ensure emails from the actra.ca domain are enabled). If you haven’t received a Password, please contact the L&R NCA help desk between 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. EST Monday to Friday by phone (647-943-1126 or 1-800-387-3516 x 4911) or email (nca@actra.ca) to see if we have your correct email address on file;
  2. Please review the information in the Why vote YES section below and/or review our list of FAQs and the Terms of Settlement to make an informed decision about your vote;
  3. Visit our Online Voting Site (https://actra-LR.secured.vote/) to cast your ballot. Votes must be submitted no later than 3:00 p.m. (EST) on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2017.

HOW TO VOTE BY MAIL-IN BALLOT

  1. Letters and paper ballots were delivered to the post office by 5:00 p.m. on September 7, 2017. If you do not have an email address on file with ACTRA and have not received a mailed ballot by Wednesday, September 13, 2017, please contact your local Branch. If you are eligible to vote, you will need to complete a Declaration of Non-Receipt and a new ballot will be issued;
  2. Please review the information on Why Vote YES section below, and/or review our list of FAQs and Terms of Settlement to make an informed decision about your vote;
  3. Vote on the paper ballot and return it in the pre-paid, addressed envelope so that it may be received by the office of the scrutineer no later than 3:00 p.m. (EST) on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2017.

WHY VOTE YES

This deal comes to you for ratification from both your Negotiating Committee and the ACTRA National Executive with the unanimous recommendation to vote YES:

  • The included work time and session fees for Digital Media commercials will rise to equal the session fees and work time for Television commercials;
  • An increase of 178% in the made-for Digital Media Use rate;
  • The term New Media has been replaced with Digital Media throughout the L&R Addendum;
  • The included work time for Background Performers will increase from a minimum of four (4) hours to six (6) hours;
  • Extension of the NCA’s ACTRAonline Opportunity Pilot Project to the L&R Addendum to combat the growth of the non-union sector. This new side-letter will allow our signatory engagers to compete for lower budget digital work they are currently losing to smaller, non-union agencies; and offer that work, currently going to non-union performers, to ACTRA members. This pilot project will allow members to put themselves forward for lower budget digital media work posted to agents and ACTRAonline by our signatory engagers. This project will be tracked and reviewed at joint meetings of ACTRA and ICA/ACA, and will expire with the term of the agreement;
  • An incentive to hire only local performers in commercials produced in regions 2 & 3; and
  • In all other areas of the L&R Addendum, an increase of 6% over three years – commencing with an immediate 2% increase upon ratification.

For more information on who is eligible to vote on the ratification of the NCA’s Local & Regional Addendum, please visit the L&R FAQ page for more information.

Please read the documents listed below under “Additional Information” then exercise your right to vote on ratification of this Agreement by voting by online ballot, or completing the paper ballot and mailing it in the envelope provided so all votes may be submitted or received by the office of the official scrutineer no later than 3:00 p.m. (EST) on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2017.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

2017 NCA L&R Negotiations – Member Cover Letter

Terms of Settlement

FAQs – NCA L&R Terms of Settlement & Voting Process

RATIFICATION REFERENDUM TIMELINE

Thursday, September 7: paper voting package ready and delivered to post office by 5:00 p.m. (to ACTRA members who are eligible to vote who do not have an email address on file with ACTRA)
Friday, September 8: online ballot credentials emailed to ACTRA members who are eligible to vote (to those only who have an email address on file with ACTRA)
Friday, September 8: voting period begins at 9:30 a.m. EST
Friday, September 22: voting period ends at 3:00 p.m. EST
Tuesday, September 26: consolidated results from scrutineer delivered to ACTRA National Council

2017 NCA L&R NEGOTIATING COMMITTEE

ACTRA members were represented in these negotiations by a capable group of professional performers who lent their time and experience to assist to negotiate this excellent settlement.  We extend our deepest gratitude to the following members of the Negotiating Committee:

Alvin Sanders (Vancouver); Keith Martin Gordey (Vancouver); Ellie Harvey (Vancouver); and David Sparrow (National President)

NCA Negotiations 2017 FAQs: Ratification

Click this link to be taken to the secure voting site: https://actra-NCA.secured.vote/

NCA SETTLEMENT

Click on the following questions relating to the 2017-2020 NCA to see its respective answer:











 

ELIGIBILITY

Pursuant to the current Constitution and By-Laws, you may vote on the ratification of the NCA if you are:

  • a Full Active Member in good standing who has worked under the relevant collective agreement for the previous three-year period (i.e. June 1, 2014, to May 31, 2017) for the current NCA ratification;
  • an Apprentice Member who has two (2) engagements in a residual category under the relevant collective agreement for the previous three-year period (June 1, 2014, to May 31, 2017);
  • an Apprentice Member in a background role who has worked the required number of days under the relevant collective agreement for the previous three-year period (June 1, 2014, to May 31, 2017); or
  • an Additional Background Performer who has worked the required number of days under the under the relevant collective agreement for the previous three-year period (June 1, 2014, to May 31, 2017).

If you have questions about your eligibility or you think you should have received a ballot, please contact your local Branch.


 

If you have questions about your eligibility or you think you should have received a ballot please contact your local Branch.

BALLOTS

Click on the following questions to see its respective answer:







 

IS THE CURRENT NCA STILL IN EFFECT?

Yes. The 2014-2017 National Commercial Agreement remains in effect until a new Agreement is reached. The new Agreement will come into effect once it is ratified.

NCA ONLINE VOTING PROCESS

Click on the sections below for information related to voting by online ballot:







 

HAVE A QUESTION THAT IS NOT ANSWERED HERE?

Please contact the NCA help desk between 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. EST Monday to Friday by phone (647-943-1126 or 1-800-387-3516 x 4911) or email (nca@actra.ca).

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