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AyoungfriendofminesignedanemailtomeInsolidaritycausethatswhatthecoolpeoplesay.Andmyheartskippedabeatwithhappiness.ShesyoungsmartanactiveACTRAmemberandcoolascanbe.LestyouthinkIgushtherealityofsolidarityamongtheperformersunionsoftheworldisabigdealtomesomuchsothatIgotmyselfelectedasthepresidentoftheInternationalFederationofActorsFIAinSeptember.Isteppeduppurposefully.Eyeswideopen.TherearemanygoodreasonswhyIthinkthisinternationalworkiscriticalbutthereisalsothecongruenceofauspicioustiming.Fightingforperformersrightsinthedigitalworldiscrucial.Andmytimeisnow.OnafundamentallevelACTRAhasbeenaworldleaderinnegotiatingsomeofthetoughestcollectiveagreementsintheworld.Wereafairlymatureunionnearly70yearsyoungtheunionnotme.OurDirectorofACTRAPRSBradKeenaniscurrentlythechairoftheinternationalcouncilofcollectingsocieties.TogetherwithseniorstaffandpastpresidentsofACTRAwehavesteppedupourgameinternationally.Imwitnessingfirst-handhowproducersareconsolidatingtheirpowerbecominglargeverticallyintegratedcorporationswithevergreaterinternationalreach.Asperformersunionsourstrengthclearlyresidesinharnessingthecollectivepowerofworkingtogetherglobally.Thatisthewiseandnecessarycounterbalancetotheriseofright-winggovern-mentsandtheprofit-drivencorporateforcesandthefightforperformersrightsisapowerfullyconsumingfight.Wewillearnrespectforartistsbyfightingforiteveryday.ItwasalsoagreathonourforourcountrythatIwaselectedFIAPresidentthefirstfromNorthAmerica.AnunintendedconsequencewillbetheraisingofACTRAsprofileinternationallyaswell.ACTRAenjoyshealthyrespectfromourinternationalbrothersandsistersprobablydeepenedsinceweco-hostedthe2012FIACongressinTorontowithCanadianActorsEquityAssociationandUniondesArtistes.StrongcollectiveagreementsareessentialinaglobalcontextIwillcontinuemyworkasACTRAPresidentconcurrentwithmynewresponsibilitieswithFIAtheygohandinglove.TobeclearIhaveservedasyourACTRANationalPresidentsince2009.TheworkthatistheheartbeatofbeingaunionleaderlikebargainingthenewIPAgainsimportanceinthisnewglobalcontextstrongunionsandstrongcollectiveagreementsareessential.AndIamproudtoreportthatontheheelsofco-hostingtheFIACongressACTRAnegotiatedasettlementonthe2013-2015IPAinamarathonbargainingsessionendingDecember1.Itwasatoughroundbutourdeterminedbargainingteamkepttheirfocusandcourageandachievedmanyimprovementsinourbiggestcontract.Nowwecanmoveforwardtofightforequalopportunitiesnon-discriminationfreedomofassociationandcollectivebargainingprofessionaltrainingandcareertransitionandmanyothervitalmattersofconcerntoallofus.ThroughFIAACTRAbenefitsfromaformidablenetworkthatbringsustogetherandinspiresuseverytimewemeetandlearnfromeachother.FIAisthelabourvoiceforperformersglobally.Iurgeyoutotakeamomenttocheckoutthewebsiteatfia-actors.com.GlobalsolidaritymustbethebedrockuponwhichFIAandACTRAwillcontinuetobuild.Wewillcampaigntosecuretherighttofreedomofexpressionforallperformersinallcountries.Wewillresistanypowerthatconspirestoworkagainstourbestinterests.Wewillpursueouridealsandmakethemreal.FerneDowneyACTRANationalPresidentACTRAmagazineWinter20133PresidentsMessageLtoRAttheopeningreceptionthenFIAPresidentAgneteHaalandintroducestheFIA2012worldcongressco-hostsUdAPresidentRaymondLegaultACTRANationalPresidentFerneDowneyandCanadianActorsEquityPresidentAllanTeichman.AlsopicturedhereareRuthAnnOnleyandtheHon.DavidC.OnleyLieutenantGovernorofOntariowhocommencedtheformalproceedingsofFIACongress.PhotoJagGunduWhyFIAWhynowPerformersRightsareGlobalACTRANationalPresidentFerneDowneyClickheretogotoFIAswebsite