Tuesday, October 20, 2009

UBCP Concludes British Columbia Master Production Agreement...

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From UBCP:

"...Negotiations between the Union of B.C. Performers (UBCP) and the Canadian Affiliates of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) and the B.C. Producers’ Branch of the Canadian Film and Television Production Association (CFTPA) have formally been concluded.

The new agreement reflects modest wage increases in line with the other performer unions’ contracts throughout Canada and the United States , during a period of continued financial uncertainty. The agreement includes provisions for an expanded studio zone during the 2010 Olympics and leaves New Media provisions unchanged.

The parties have recommitted to their existing consultation committee meetings to further improve their working relationships. The committee remains in place to address administrative issues and as a forum to discuss changes which are impacting the industry, as well as any matters which are more effectively handled jointly and cooperatively.

Talks took place between the lead negotiators for each side, Mercedes Watson for the UBCP, Carol Lombardini, for the AMPTP and Tracey Wood for the BC-CFTPA, with their Boards and committees continuing to inform the process throughout. The parties agreed to a less formal round of bargaining in an effort to be fiscally responsible during challenging financial times. Discussions were characterized as amicable and focused, and ultimately led to a final agreement that all sides could support.

The UBCP, the AMPTP and the BC-CFTPA will be recommending the terms of this new agreement to their respective memberships. If ratified, the term of the Agreement will be effective from April 1, 2009 until March 31, 2012, with the new rates taking effect after ratification.

The UBCP is an autonomous branch of ACTRA, a national organization of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada . UBCP represents the interests of almost 5,000 members in British Columbia and the Yukon..."