Directors Guild Of Canada BC Ratifies New Film & TV Contract

Members of the Directors Guild of Canada in British Columbia voted overwhelmingly – with 89.5% to 10.5% – to ratify a new three-year film and TV contract. AMPTP and the Canadian Media Producers Association-BC.

The Guild said that 64% of eligible members and permitees participated in the vote to “make their voices heard”.

The new contract, due out on June 8, after 15 months of repeated bargaining, ends an unusual labor dispute, which in April issued the guild its first “strike notice”. However, the guild never actually went on strike because of a quirk in Canadian labor law that gives production companies a “safe harbor” so that they can continue shooting as long as they agree to sign a new contract. Can keep All the companies that were filming in the province had signed safe harbor agreements and are now bound by the terms of the new contract.

“Today is an important day,” said DGC BC District Council President Alan Harmon. “It has been a long and challenging process. But thanks to the efforts of many, we have a deal we can be proud of. We are all grateful to the Negotiating Committee for their thoughtful representation of the membership at the table; DGC National, and other district councils, for their solidarity; our expert legal advisors; and the DGC BC executive board and staff. But above all, I would like to thank our members for being engaged over the past 15 months and giving us the strike mandate. I want to. We could not have achieved these benefits without their support.”

“Having a workforce that is treated fairly, with respect, and provided with a safe work environment is key to the sustainability of the industry,” said Kendry Upton, executive director of DGC BC. “The ratification of this agreement means BC is open for business. We can’t wait to partner with our most valuable customers and stakeholders and get back to rolling in the busy heat of filming.”

Key highlights of the agreement include:
• Increment of 3% every year, retrospectively on July 11, 2021.
• Minimum wage gap To ensure that, as the minimum wage rises, wage rates for positions just above the minimum wage continue to rise.
• Excessive wage increase for location managers resulting in a 15.8% increase in pay during the period of the contract.
• Meal penalties that encourage producers to provide food to guild employees on time, failing to do so incur fines. The Guild called this “a huge advantage”.
• Compulsory accommodation or transportation must be provided upon request at the employer’s expense for DGC BC crew who work 14 hours or more and are too tired to drive home.
• Full retrospective activity on COVID-19 test stipend payment.
• Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, which honors an estimated 6,000–15,000 Indigenous children who died in pitiable conditions in 140 federally-run Indian residential schools from 1831–1998, is paid every 30 September. will be recognized as a holiday.