4,455 ballots were issued to Toronto members. 1,202 votes were cast (27% of ballots issued). Of the 1,202 votes cast, 76.3% of the total (or 917 members) voted YES. 23.7% (or 285 members) voted NO.
Now that the deal has been ratified by the membership, the new rates, terms and conditions of the 2017-2020 NCA will come into effect on August 5th, 2017.
The 2017-2020 NCA will create new work opportunities in digital media and voice for ACTRA members with the ACTRAonline Opportunity Pilot Project. All other areas of the agreement will see an increase of 6% over three years – commencing with an immediate 2% increase. The settlement represents an estimated increase of $3M in performers’ compensation over the 3-year term of the new Agreement, which generated over $45M in performer earnings in 2016.
This new NCA is a good deal, my friends, for every category of membership.
In areas where work ops are solid (like TV), we have held our ground or improved our position.
In areas like digital media where we’ve seen new work opportunities growing because of previous incentives, we have made dramatic improvements in the rates.
And, finally, in areas where we’ve been losing ground to non-union, we have streamlined and simplified terms, reduced or eliminated administration fees and made some strategic adjustments to performer rates in order to become more competitive and attract a greater share of work for ACTRA members.
There are lots of gains to celebrate now and a few “gives”, designed to expand our work opportunities in the future.
A big thank you to the hard working members of the negotiating team and to all the members who shared their comments and questions through the ratification period!