August 23, 2021
UBCP/ ACTRA has been made aware of a non-union TV series, Hitler’s Last Stand, that is being produced in BC. Union staff are reaching out to the engager in an effort to unionize this production.
Please be aware that it is a contravention of the UBCP/ACTRA By-laws and Constitution for a union member to audition or work on any non-union production in recorded media.
There are significant consequences for full members, apprentice members, and background members found to be auditioning for, or working on, a non-union production. There are also consequences for talent agencies found to be directing members to non-union work, including the loss of the Cheque Distribution Courtesy (the courtesy by which we send commercial and residual cheques to the agency, rather than the performer directly).
The vast majority of our members do not work on non-union productions and feel strongly about protecting our jurisdiction against anything that threatens it, including members working on non-union productions and talent agencies that facilitate that work.
We appreciate and applaud the efforts of those talent agencies who are working in the best interests of our members and the union. If you have information on non-union productions, please forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We extend our thanks to the many members and agents who have been standing in solidarity and supporting UBCP/ACTRA and its members, particularly by refusing non-union work.
We will update you if an agreement with the producer has been signed.