Members of the Directors Guild of Canada in British Columbia voted overwhelmingly – 89.5% to 10.5% – to ratify a new three-year film and television deal with AMPTP and the Canadian Media Producers Association -BC.
The guild said Thursday that 64% of eligible members and permittees took part in the vote “to make their voices heard”.
The agreement on a new contract, reached on June 8 after 15 months of recurring negotiations, ends an unusual labor dispute which saw the guild issue its first “strike notice” in April. The guild, however, has never called a strike due to a quirk in Canadian labor law that gives production companies a ‘safe harbour’ so they can keep filming as long as they agree to sign. a new contract when finalized. All of these companies that were shooting in the province had signed safe harbor agreements and are now bound by the terms of the new contract.
“Today is a momentous day,” said Allan Harmon, DGC BC District Council Chair. “It was a long and difficult process. But thanks to the efforts of many, we have an agreement to be proud of. We all owe a debt of gratitude to the bargaining committee for its thoughtful representation of the membership at the table; the DGC Nationale, and the other District Councils for their solidarity; our expert legal counsel; and the Board of Directors and staff of DGC BC. But above all, I want to thank our members for their commitment over the past 15 months and for giving us the strike mandate. We could not have achieved these gains without their support.
“Having a workforce treated fairly, with respect and enjoying a safe work environment is key to industry stability,” said Kendrie Upton, Executive Director of DGC BC. “Ratification of this agreement means that British Columbia is open for business. We look forward to getting back to partnering with our most valued customers and stakeholders and resuming a busy summer of filming.
A spokesperson for the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers said: “We are pleased to have entered into a new agreement with DGC BC and look forward to continuing production in the province of British Columbia, in maintaining its status as one of the main centers of production. in North America.”
Highlights of the agreement include:
- Salary increases of 3% each year, retroactive to July 11, 2021.
- Minimum wage differentials to ensure that as the minimum wage increases, wage rates for positions just above the minimum wage also continue to increase.
- Disproportionate salary increase for location managers resulting in a salary increase of 15.8% over the duration of the agreement.
- Meal penalties that incentivize producers to provide meals to guild employees in a timely manner, and a monetary penalty if they fail to do so. The guild called it “a huge payoff”.
- Compulsory accommodation or transportation must be provided upon request at the employer’s expense for the DGC BC team who work 14 hours or more and are too tired to drive home.
- Full retroactivity on COVID-19 testing stipend payments.
- Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, which pays tribute to the approximately 6,000 to 15,000 Indigenous children who died in deplorable conditions at 140 federally-run Indian residential schools from 1831 to 1998, will be recognized as a day public holiday paid every September 30.