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Canadian Performers Ratify Terms Of New National Commercial Agreement

TORONTO, ON (August 4, 2017) — ACTRA members have voted (78 per cent) in favour of ratifying the 2017-2020 National Commercial Agreement (NCA).

The 2017-2020 NCA settlement provides for a new single Digital Media Use fee payable on all commercials produced for or moved over to Digital Media. The Agreement also promotes new work opportunities for performers in low-budget digital media commercials with the ACTRAonline Opportunity Pilot Project. All rates and fees in the Agreement with the exception of the Pilot Project will increase by 6 per cent over three years commencing with a 2 per cent increase effective August 5, 2017. The settlement represents an estimated increase of $3M in performers’ compensation over the 3-year term of the new Agreement, which generated over $45M in performer earnings in 2016.

“In these changing and challenging times in the advertising industry, we have achieved a settlement that creates new work opportunities and provides substantial improvements for ACTRA performers,” says David Sparrow, ACTRA National President and Negotiating Committee Chair. “I’m incredibly proud of the ACTRA members who served on our bargaining team and all the members who helped make this new deal a reality.”

“Unions around the world are facing employer demands for rollbacks at the bargaining table. Global competition for commercial production is more intense now than ever. In this climate, ACTRA members have achieved an Agreement that makes it easier than ever to hire the most talented performers in Canada and ensures performers are fairly compensated their work,” added Stephen Waddell, Chief Negotiator and National Executive Director.

The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), the Association of Canadian Advertisers (ACA) and the Institute of Communication Agencies (ICA) commenced negotiations in Toronto on June 7, 2017. The NCA covers the engagement of Performers in all television, radio and digital commercial production in Canada. Voting commenced on July 19, 2017, and closed today on August 4. The new agreement will take effect August 5, 2017, and will expire on June 30, 2020.

ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national union of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 23,000 members across the country – the foundation of Canada’s highly-acclaimed professional performing community.

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Media contact: Carol Taverner, ACTRA National Public Relations Officer, Tel: 416.644.1519, cell: 416.768.3336, ctaverner@actra.ca

 

 


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