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TogiverealmeaningtoourcommitmentFIACongresstheFIASecretariatandthememberunionsofFIApassedthefollowingresolutionTomonitorinternationalandmultinationalproductionworldwideToestablishaprotocolfortheexchangeofinformationbetweenunionsandwiththeFIASecretariatonsuchproductionsTocollaborateonandtargetspecificinternationalandmultinationalproductionsthatmayberealmeaningfulandpotentiallysuccessfulopportunitiestoextendthebetterratescontractscollectiveagreementstoperformersinFIA-affiliatedunionswhodonotyetenjoysuchbenefitsincountrieswheresuchproductionsaretobeproducedToassessthefeasibilityofglobalframeworkagreementswiththemostestablishedinternationalandmultinationalproductionsseekingtoestablishequitableandfairprinciplesfortheemploymentofperformersincountrieswherecollectiveagree-mentsarenotinplacetosecurethemminimumbenefitsToworkincoordinationwiththeunionorunionsofjurisdictioninsuchcountriesotherFIAunionstheFIASecretariattheperformersonsuchproductionsandtheiragentsandmanagersTosuccessfullyextendbetterratestermsandconditionstoallperformersworkingonsuchproductionsandToreporttoeachFIAExecutivemeetingonimplementationissuesandchallenges.AtcongressthememberunionsofFIAreaffirmedourcommitmenttoextendingbetterratestermsandconditionsofcollectiveagreementsnegotiatedbyunionswithstrongcollectiveagreementstoperformersincountriesrepresentedbyFIA-affiliatedunionswhodonotyetenjoysuchbenefits.WeneedtocollectivelytakeresponsibilityforthewellbeingofthelocalperformersonthoseshowswhoseunionsdonthavethestrengthofACTRAorACTRAmagazineWinter20135ACTRAPolicyStatementEngagementofACTRAPerformersonOff-ShoreProductionsACTRAmembersmaybeapproachedbyproducerstoworkonpro-ductionsshootinginpartorentirelyoutsideofCanada.ACTRAmem-bersareadvisedtocheckwithyourlocalACTRAofficebeforeacceptingengagementsonsuchproductionstoensurethatthepro-ducersaresignatorytotheIPAandareofferingACTRAmemberscon-tractstermsandconditionsinaccordancewiththeACTRAIndependentProductionAgreementIPA.HeresageneralrundownofyourresponsibilitiesasanACTRAmemberineachoffourlikelyscenarios1.TheproducerissignatorytotheIPAandtheproductionismainlyshootinginCanadawithanoff-shorelocationshootcomponent.TheACTRAmembermustbeofferedandsignanACTRAcontractcoveringtheentireengagement.2.TheproducerissignatorytotheIPAandhasapro-ductionthatisshootingentirelyinanoff-shorelocations.AsasignatorytotheIPAtheproducerisobligatedtoengageACTRAmembersunderthetermsandconditionsoftheIPAfortheentireen-gagementoff-shore.3.TheproducerisnotsignatorytotheIPAandhasapro-ductionshootinginCanadawithanoffshorelocationshootcomponent.TheproducermustbecomesignatorytotheIPAandtheACTRAmembermustbeofferedandsignanACTRAcontractcoveringtheentireengagement.4.TheproducerisnotsignatorytotheIPAandhasapro-ductionthatisshootingentirelyinanoff-shorelocations.ACTRAmembersmustbeengagedonanACTRAcontractexceptincaseswherethereisasisterunionaffiliatedwiththeInternationalFederationofActorsFIA.InthosecasesACTRAmembersmustbeengagedonanACTRAcontractoracontractoftheFIA-affiliatedunionwheretheengagementistakingplaceprovidedthatsuchcon-tractprovidesfeestermsandconditionsatleastequaltoorbet-terthanACTRAsIPA.WherethereisnounioninthelocationACTRAmembersmustworkonACTRAcontractsforanACTRA-signatoryproducerpursuanttoArticle404oftheACTRAConstitutionandBy-Law9oftheACTRABy-Laws.AttheopeningreceptionofFIADavidWhiteSAG-AFTRAsNationalExecutiveDirectorwithStephenWaddellACTRAsNationalExecutiveDirectorattheEdMirvishTheatreinToronto.PhotoJagGundutheothermajorperformerunions.Countriesthathaveweakbargainingagreementsornoneatalldiminishtherightsandrespectofallperformers.ThisiswhyIvolunteeredatthecongresstobetheFIAco-ordinatorforinternationalco-productions.WhereveroneoftheseproductionslandsintheworldthestaffinACTRAsNationalofficewillmonitortheco-productionandcommunicatewiththeappropriateFIA-affiliates.Wearecommittedtocoordinatingoureffortstosecureunioncontractsforallperformersonallproductions.Wewillworktogethertoensurethatallperformersworldwideenjoythebenefitsofgoodunioncoverage.Itstherightthingtodo.OurgoalatFIAistoensureworldwideprotectionandcompensationforallperformerssothatjurisdictionscannotbeplayedagainstoneanother.-DavidWhiteSAG-AFTRANationalExecutiveDirectorRepresentativesofaround100performersunionsworldwidearemeetinginTorontoamidrisingconcernsoverhowtoprotectlocalperformersrightsasfootloosestudiosincreasinglygoglobalinsearchofproductionincentivesandnon-unionjurisdictions.Non-unionstudioshootslikePeterJacksonsupcomingTheHobbitfilmsareseenasmolesinawack-a-molegamethatinternationalguildsmustbandtogethertodealwith.-TheHollywoodReporter