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ACTRA Equality Statement

“Solidarity is based on the principle that all union members are equal and deserve mutual respect. Any behaviour that creates conflict prevents us from working together to strengthen our union.

As unionists, mutual respect, cooperation and understanding are our goals. We neither condone nor tolerate behaviour that undermines the dignity or self-esteem of any individual or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.

Discriminatory speech or conduct which is racist, sexist, transphobic or homophobic hurts and divides us. So too, does discrimination on the basis of disability, age, class, religion, language, physicality, and ethnic origin.

Sometimes discrimination takes the form of harassment. Harassment means using real or perceived power to abuse, devalue or humiliate. Harassment is not a joke. The uneasiness and resentment it creates are not feelings that help us grow in solidarity.

Discrimination and harassment focus on characteristics that make us different. They reduce our capacity to work together on shared concerns such as decent wages, safe working conditions and justice in the workplace, society and in our union.

ACTRA’s Constitution, By-laws and practices reflect our commitment to equality and respect. Our collective agreements deal with harassment and discrimination by engagers or on set.

ACTRA takes harassment and discrimination complaints seriously. ACTRA activities are harassment-free zones to ensure that the dignity and equality of all sisters and brothers is respected.

Pursuant to ACTRA By-law No. 7 (Member Rights and Responsibilities; Discipline Process) complaints of harassment and discrimination will be investigated and substantiated complaints will result in action by the Union. Complaints should be directed to the President or her/his designate.”

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