You may have seen reports that a $35-million class action lawsuit has recently been filed against Cineflex Media by a story editor following a groundswell of activism arising from the Canadian Media Guild (CMG) / CWA Canada campaign “Fairness in Factual TV,” which is aimed at securing fair working terms for those working unscripted projects. The claim alleges, among other things, that individuals working for Cineflex have been denied basic minimum standards under Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000, in the areas of minimum wage, overtime pay, vacation pay and holiday pay. The prospect of similar lawsuits against other factual television producers, and in other provinces, remains a possibility.
If you work, or have worked, for Cineflix, Insight Productions, Boat Rocker Media, or any other factual television producer, we encourage you to fill out this form to be kept informed about the efforts in this regard.
Please also forward this information to any non-ACFC crew you know who work in the factual television industry. We, as a union, must stand together with all workers in the entertainment industry.
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SO LONG AND FAREWELL
At the end of March my contract is up; after almost 19 years I will be stepping aside.
I don’t know where 19 years stands on the rarity record for Business Managers / Business Agents for a Canadian film union but I imagine the uniqueness of the achievement is strengthened by the fact my leaving was neither the result of a coup or the collapse of the organization. In fact it is quite the contrary.
Your union local is in solid financial shape. You have a top notch benefit plan that, if managed properly, is well funded for years to come. Although the membership has increased several times over since the new millennium, with the accompanying services that requires to maintain, I take much pride in the fact that your operating budget remains essentially the same as it was in 1999, the year before I took charge. This frugalness has allowed your dues to decrease dramatically during my tenure.
Staff stability is another source of achievement that I take pride in. When I started as Business Manager the average staff member had only worked for the union local less than six months. Upon the decision of my leaving the average length of service to the union local by staff members in our office was 17.5 years. I sincerely appreciate the staff’s loyalty and hard work. In fact your Chief Steward, Daryl, is slated to be my replacement. That is another rarity, having a trained replacement ready to take over.
As for signed production, in the last two years the gross pay of crew we represented through our contracts were among the highest years in our history. This year is shaping up to continue that trend. In fact, our production level at the end of March will be at or near a high for this time of year.
I am very happy with the numerous achievements this union has accomplished during my tenure as Business Manager. This in no way could have been possible without the assistance of a lot of people who are too numerous to mention but the “thanks” would always start with the members.
A thank you to the members who ratified my contract 18 times. The most gratifying moments of my time at the union were when I thought I did something that helped a member, especially those who did not even know they were being helped. I always tried to recommend policy that helped those who might need it the most, even if they were not the most vocal.
A special thank you to those who served on Council. Their time spent helped shape our union local and I appreciated their volunteered time and support.
So there you have it. Many days of wondering if the glass is half full or half empty now turns into, hopefully, a glass with a little umbrella and a slice of pineapple on the side.
COMBINED DENTAL LIMITS
On January 1, 2018 the combined dental maximums will be increased to $2,500 per year.
DRUG & ALCOHOL REHABILITATION
On November 1, 2017 the lifetime maximum was increased to $5,000.
You can mail in your dues, and we accept cash, cheque, money order, debit, and MasterCard & Visa when you pay in person at the ACFC West office. If we do not receive your dues by
October 31, 2017, any benefits you may have will be terminated. Dues delinquent by 90 days will result in automatic suspension of membership.
DON’T FORGET: in order to renew membership, a Member who requires a drivers license to perform his or her duties must provide a current drivers abstract or a signed authorization letter allowing the union to obtain the member’s abstract.
If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact the ACFC West Office at
(604) 299-ACFC (2232) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
On May 27, June 3 and 4, the 2017 Leo Awards took place, and several ACFC West signatory projects won! They are:
- The 9th Life Of Louis Drax – 2 Wins
- Van Helsing – 1 Win
- Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – 1 Win
- The Romeo Section – 2 Wins
Congratulations to all Leo Awards nominees and our crews who worked so hard to make this a reality!
For more information visit http://www.leoawards.com/