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UBCP MEMBER EDUCATION COMMITTEE MANDATE

UBCP MEMBER EDUCATION COMMITTEE MANDATE

(July 12, 2004)

While it is a given that any self-employed member of a professional organization, be they Doctor, Teacher, Performer or other, is qualified by training, practice and experience to do the job at hand, it is recognized that their professional organization has an obligation to provide career growth opportunities to help Members acquire additional skills and knowledge in three main areas:

A. The Business of Being Self-Employed

B. Functioning in the Context of the Professional Organization and the Workplace

C. Performance Skills

Therefore, as a partner in learning, UBCP will endeavour to present opportunities to its Members in all three areas.  Through relevant Workshops, Seminars and Master classes given by working Industry Professionals, UBCP will provide programs that are current and offer something of interest to all Performer Members.  Although it is not UBCP’s function to train Members on how to do their jobs, the Executive Board has identified courses and points of focus, which it considers essential.

A. The Business of Being Self-Employed

Speaker Series:  Professional, High Profile Guests will present timely, relevant information.

Business Education Workshops/Seminars: Members will truly understand the ramifications of being Self Employed:  RRSPs, GST/Taxation Seminars, Legal issues, etc., will be among the many topics presented.

And, any additional workshop/seminar that the Member Education Committee deems appropriate and/or necessary, subject to approval by the Executive Board.

B. Functioning in the Context of the Professional Organization and the Workplace

1. UBCP Orientation Session

The Union’s Orientation Session (“UOS”) is a requirement for all new and current UBCP Extra, Apprentice and Full Members.  This UOS is offered free of charge and is held on a regular basis.  The UOS is taught by UBCP Staff, with guest appearances by Industry Partners.  The UOS covers such areas as:

  • Your rights and obligations under the ACTRA Constitution and UBCP By-Laws
  • How to get involved in the politics of UBCP
  • Knowing your way around the B.C. Master Production Agreement and the ACTRA National Commercial Agreement
  • Contracts with your Agent and with the Producer (what to watch out for)
  • UBCP Services & Benefits
  • Safety on Set
  • Behavior on Set
  • And lots more!

2. Union Education:  Collective Bargaining

A series of ongoing, in-depth workshops designed to enable Members to be introduced to and gain further understanding of the Collective Agreements in a supportive environment.  These workshops are open to all Members and taught by Union Staff.

Or, any additional courses that the Member Education Committee deems appropriate and/or necessary, as approved by the Executive Board.

C. Performance Skills

Speaker’s Corner:  Professional, High Profile Performers and other Industry Professionals.

Master Classes:  A series of unique workshops for Performers.

Or, any additional courses that the Member Education Committee deems appropriate and/or necessary, as approved by the Executive Board.

In addition, the Executive Board has identified the area of Non-Member Education, which should be addressed.  To do this, UBCP will encourage a larger body, such as the Motion Picture Production Industry Association (“MPPIA”) and/or other appropriate bodies, to offer courses to those working in the industry who are not union members.  For example, while it would be inappropriate for UBCP to offer training to non-union performers, specifically extras, UBCP will encourage MPPIA and/or other appropriate bodies to provide a basic industry set etiquette, policies, rules and regulations course to help reduce confusion and inappropriate behavior in the workplace.

Bearing in mind that UBCP is an industry partner, we will endeavour to create an Inter-Union Industry Liaison Program, to inform wranglers, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Assistant Directors, Agents, Casting and other Industry Partners on pertinent information regarding our Collective Agreements.  A focus of this program is to foster an environment of dialogue and to lessen the occurrence of grievances resulting from confusion over upgrades, dispute resolutions, etc.

 
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