Settlement achieved for new British Columbia master production agreement covering performers

    VANCOUVER, March 28 /CNW/ - After a year of negotiations, the Union of
British Columbia Performers (UBCP), 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) announced
today that they have reached a tentative agreement on the terms of settlement
regarding a renewed British Columbia Master Production Agreement (BCMPA) set
to expire on March 31, 2009.
    Rob Morton, Chair of the UBCP Negotiating Committee, stated that, "It has
been a long journey for performers in B.C. We entered into this process with
the intention of reaching a fair agreement for all our members and the
industry in B.C. and I believe that we achieved that goal. Our committee and
constituency caucus worked tirelessly to represent the interests of our
membership and this deal will demonstrate the results of that hard work."
    Negotiations were facilitated by Vincent L. Ready, the B.C. Ministry of
Labour appointed mediator, whose recommendations served to keep the parties
focused on a joint agreement.
    "We are proud to say that we have firmly pursued the best interests of
our members, performers across the country and performers throughout North
America, while maintaining industry stability in B.C.," said Howard Storey,
UBCP's President. "It was extraordinary to have the unwavering support of our
membership throughout this process for over 365 days of bargaining. No Union
could ask for more from its members."
    Mercedes Watson, Chief Negotiator and Chief Executive Officer of UBCP
commented that, "The industry in B.C has experienced incredible growth over
the past decade and it continues to mature. British Columbia has established
itself as one of the most important production centres in North America. The
high quality talent pool in this province has assisted in creating some of the
most successful programs on both TV and in the cinema. The agreement reached
between the UBCP, AMPTP, and CFTPA is respectful of that maturity and
illustrates a commitment by both parties to the future growth of the
    The Union's Executive Board and Negotiating Committee will be
recommending acceptance of these terms of settlement to the full membership.
The terms of settlement for the new BCMPA are subject to ratification by the
eligible voting members of the UBCP. The Union expects to conclude a
referendum within the next month.

    UBCP (The Union of British Columbia Performers) is an independent branch
of ACTRA, a national organization of professional performers working in the
English-language recorded media in Canada. UBCP represents the interests of
over 5,100 members in British Columbia and the Yukon.

For further information:

For further information: Thom Tapley, Director of Operations and
Communications: Film, TV and Digital Media, (604) 689-0727,

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