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IPA Ratification 2018

ACTRA has successfully reached a tentative settlement with the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) and the Association québécoise de la production médiatique (AQPM) with respect to the Independent Production Agreement (IPA).

This deal comes to you for ratification from both your Negotiating Committee and the ACTRA National Executive with the unanimous recommendation to vote YES in this referendum.

This page contains some key details on the new agreement and how you can vote to support it. Click the links below for key details of the new agreement:

HOW TO VOTE BY ONLINE BALLOT

  1. You need your ACTRA Member ID (the number on your membership card) and PIN (sent by email at 9:00am EST on Monday, November 26, 2018; check your email inbox and/or spam folders and please ensure emails from the actra.ca domain are enabled). If you haven’t received a PIN, please contact the IPA help desk between 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. EST Monday to Friday by phone (416-489-1311 x4037 or 1-800-387-3516) or email (ipa@actra.ca) to see if we have your correct email address on file;
  2. Please review the information in the Why Vote YES section below and/or review our list of FAQs, the Memorandum of Agreement and accompanying Highlights document to make an informed decision about your vote;
  3. Visit our Online Voting Site (https://actra.secured.vote) to cast your ballot. Votes must be submitted no later than 3:00pm EST on Friday, December 14, 2018.

HOW TO VOTE BY MAIL-IN BALLOT

  1. Letters and paper ballots were delivered to the post office by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 26, 2018. Mail-in ballots were only mailed to eligible members who do not have an email on file with ACTRA. If you know you do not have an email on file with ACTRA and have not received a mailed ballot by Friday, November 30, 2018, please contact your local Branch. If you are eligible to vote, you will need to complete a Declaration of Non-Receipt and a new mail-in ballot will be issued;
  2. Please review the information on Why Vote YES section below, and/or review our list of FAQs, the Memorandum of Agreement and accompanying Highlights document to make an informed decision about your vote;
  3. Vote on the paper ballot and return it in the pre-paid, addressed envelope so that it may be received by the office of the scrutineer no later than 3:00 p.m. EST on Friday, December 14, 2018.

WHY VOTE YES

With already one of the best performer agreements in the world, our goal is always to secure a fair deal for our hard-working members. We successfully worked through a complex series of issues to negotiate an excellent settlement. This deal comes to you for ratification from both your Negotiating Committee and the ACTRA National Executive with the unanimous recommendation to vote YES. Ratification of this settlement will bring significant improvements to the IPA, including:

  • Improved measures on harassment prevention, nudity, and respectful workplace language;
  • An annual general increase of 3% in each of the 3 years;
  • Stunt Coordinators rates will increase 5% in the first year and 3% in each of the subsequent two years;
  • Recognition for ACTRA Additional Background Performers; and an increase in the Background Performer Count;
  • For Series Optioned Performers, the maximum RRSP Engager contribution per series cycle will increase to $8,300 (from $7,920);
  • A self-tape will be considered an audition or audition recall when the Producer requires the Performer to submit a self-tape; and
  • Two additional Use options have been added for Animation Productions to increase work opportunities for ACTRA Animation Voice Performers.

For more information on who is eligible to vote on the ratification of the IPA, please visit the FAQ page.

Please read the documents listed above (cover letter, Memorandum of Agreement and accompanying Highlights document as well as the list of FAQs) then exercise your right to vote on the ratification of this Agreement by voting by online ballot, or completing the paper ballot and mailing it in the envelope provided, so all votes may be submitted or received by the office of the official scrutineer no later than 3:00pm EST on Friday, December 14, 2018.

RATIFICATION REFERENDUM TIMELINE

Monday, November 26, 2018: paper voting package ready and delivered to post office by 5:00 p.m. (to those who are eligible to vote who do not have an email address on file with ACTRA)
Monday, November 26, 2018: online ballot credentials emailed at 9:00am EST to those who are eligible to vote (to those who are eligible to vote and have an email address on file with ACTRA)
Monday, November 26, 2018: voting period begins at 9:00 a.m. EST
Friday, December 14, 2018: voting period ends at 3:00 p.m. EST
Monday, December 17, 2018: consolidated results from scrutineer delivered to ACTRA National Council

2018 IPA NEGOTIATING COMMITTEE

ACTRA members were represented in these negotiations by an exceptionally-skilled and capable group of performers who, like you, work under the IPA. These members worked long, difficult hours and remained united in their commitment to stand strong against Producer demands for significant concessions.

We extend our deepest gratitude to the members of the 2018 ACTRA IPA Negotiating Committee:

David Sparrow (National President); Blair Young (Alberta); Tristan D. Lalla (Montreal); Shawn Doyle (Toronto); Theresa Tova (Toronto); and Richard Young (Toronto).

Alternates: Eleanor Noble (Montreal); Catherine Disher (Toronto); and David Gale (Toronto).

Observers: Paul Dzenkiw (UBCP/ACTRA); Keith Martin Gordey (National Vice President; UBCP/ACTRA).

Member Resources: Shereen Airth, Background (Toronto); Angelica Lisk-Hann, Stunts (National); and Steve Shackleton, Stunts (Toronto).

 

 

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