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ACTRA Supports Locked-Out Rocky Mountaineer Workers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 22, 2012

TORONTO – Canadian performers are standing in solidarity with locked-out British Columbia workers by urging Oscar nominees to reject the Rocky Mountaineer rail services’ promotional item included in their gift bags. Despite locking out 108 on-board service workers represented by Teamsters Local 31, the rail company has managed to get tickets for a luxury train ride included in Academy Award nominees’ gift bags being handed out by Secret Room Events today in Los Angeles.

“We are calling on all Oscar nominees to tear up the Rocky Mountaineer certificate in support of workers’ rights,” said Ferne Downey, ACTRA National President.

“We want all nominees to know that using this so-called-gift would mean crossing a picket line and supporting scab workers,” said Alvin Sanders in Vancouver.  Alvin is President of UBCP/ACTRA, and is ACTRA’s National Vice President.

Rocky Mountaineer is a B.C.-based company that offers luxury tourist rail trips.  On June 22, 2011 the company locked out the 108 Teamster Local 31 attendants and has hired non-union replacement workers to undermine the efforts of the workers to gain an equitable contract.

The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) is the national organization of 22,000 professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada.

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Contact: Joanne Deer, Director of Public Policy & Communications, ACTRA National
416-489-1311 X 4045     jdeer@actra.ca


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