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UBCP/ACTRA Secures New British Columbia Master Production Agreement

December 5, 2017

Vancouver – UBCP/ACTRA announced today that they have reached tentative terms for renewal of the British Columbia Master Production Agreement (BCMPA). Upon ratification of the tentative settlement Performers will receive a rate increase of 9% over the three-year term of the agreement.

The Union of British Columbia Performers/Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (UBCP/ACTRA), the Canadian Affiliates of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) and the Canadian Media Production Association – BC Producers’ Branch (CMPA) concluded negotiations on December 1st, 2017. The 2018 – 2021 BCMPA provides precedent setting increased protections for Performers regarding sexual harassment including provisions that prohibit auditions or meetings in private hotels or residences where the performer is alone with a representative of production. The new sexual harassment language represents the most up to date provisions negotiated into any performer collective agreement.

”With this agreement we are not just improving protections for our members – we are setting a new standard for the entire industry,” said UBCP/ACTRA President Alvin Sanders. “Performers must be free to focus on their work without fear of sexual harassment.”

“This agreement delivers real gains for BC Performers,” said Lesley Brady, Director of Contracts.  “Improved New Media provisions protect their future as it ensures Performers receive the same compensation whether their work is shown on conventional TV or the internet.”

Other highlights of the deal include:

  • Protection for fatigued Performers providing alternatives to driving home after work
  • Increased tutoring requirements for Minors

The BCMPA covers the engagement of Performers in all film, television and new media production in British Columbia. The current BCMPA is set to expire on March 31, 2018. Over the next 2 weeks, UBCP/ACTRA members will vote on the terms of the agreement by means of an online referendum ballot process. If the tentative settlement is ratified, the new Agreement will take effect on April 1, 2018.

The Union of British Columbia Performers (UBCP/ACTRA) is an autonomous branch of ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists), the national organization of professional Performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 22,000 members across Canada – the foundation of Canada’s highly acclaimed professional performing community.

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Media contact:  Alison Stewart

Communications Officer 604.689.0727 ext. 2251 www.ubcp.com        info@ubcp.com

 
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