Help us stop union-busting

Despite ACTRA and advertisers agreeing to a renewal of the National Commercial Agreement (NCA), our union is under attack. The Institute of Canadian Agencies (ICA), which represents some ad agencies, is determined to bust our union.

All through negotiations, that was their number one demand. By sticking to it, the ICA bargained in bad faith and is now engaging in an unlawful lockout. We have filed a complaint at the Ontario Labour Relations Board. It has not yet ruled, but until it does you can still help push back against this transparent attempt at union-busting.

What can you do?

Be our eyes and ears. If you know of a non-union commercial shoot or breakdown, please contact your ACTRA Branch.

Don’t work non-union. Joining the ICA in making low-paid, no-benefits commercials helps it bust our union. There is a renewal NCA in effect and many agencies are part of it. If you’re unsure which ones, contact your local ACTRA office.

Support commercial performers. Even if you don’t make commercials, support performers who do—because union-busting spreads. If you’re able, please donate to the AFC to help performers in financial difficulty here.

Spread the word that You’re In Good Company with ACTRA. Celebrate the performers and agencies that make union commercials that use #ACTRATalent by sharing them on social media.

Update your contact information. We may escalate our activities to fight back against the ICA’s union-busting. Update your contact information here so we can let you know.

Share on social. Follow @actranational on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and share our posts.

Support Resources

The AFC is the lifeline for Canada’s entertainment industry by helping Canadian entertainment professionals maintain their health, dignity and ability to work. If you are able, consider making a donation to The AFC to help support those who may be adversely affected by the ICA’s actions. If you are in need of financial support, please contact The AFC directly.

HAVEN Helpline is a 24/7 national, bilingual counselling and support service available to members of ACTRA (excluding UBCP/ACTRA members). UBCP/ACTRA members have access to their own support resources.