“Performers don`t tolerate a race to the bottom. In the recent past, signatory agencies may have produced some of their non-unionists. ACTRA and SAG-AFTRA will work closely with the signatory agencies to ensure that all future commercial production is subject to the corresponding trade union agreement,” downey said. The initiative calls for cooperation between the two trade union organisations to ensure that employers meet their obligation to produce only as part of a trade union agreement. Unions hope to attract new signatory agencies by demonstrating the value of production with union artists. “If our sector changes and grows, we see new opportunities for unions to organize and grow,” said ACTRA President Ferne Downey. “More than 90% of the films and television shows produced in North America are part of a union agreement, but an increasing number of advertisements revolve around union films. This reduces labour standards for service providers across North America. Downey pointed out that some non-union advertisements may have been shot down by agencies that have co-state agreements with unions, which would be contrary to those agreements. SAG-AFTRA fought the advertising agency Droga5 in 2015 and early 2016 and claimed that it used trade unionists for non-union work. The organization has denied the accusations.
The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) is a Canadian union that represents artistic artists in English-language media. It has 25,000 members working in film, television, radio and all other media to death.  Union leaders also object to the so-called “false allegations” that the sexual and sexual protection provisions against naked, simulated and simulated harassment contained in the new agreement are worse than those contained in the current contract adopted by ACTRA, the Canadian Union of Actors. To dispel this assertion, SAG-AFTRA has developed a juxtaposed diagram that highlights the differences and similarities between the contracts of the two unions in this area. SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director David White said today that the union is close to calling for a strike to ensure greater protection for actors in nude and simulated sex scenes. The union agreed with the management`s AMPTP in the early hours of June 11, but narrowly. “We almost had to leave to get this,” he said in a podcast published today. “It is interesting to note that some of these changes did not take place until the last days of the negotiations.” Regional issues led to the creation of the Union of British Columbia Performers, a separate sub-unit of ACTRA reserved for British Columbia. The earliest form of the organization represented radio artists in Toronto in the 1940s. This organization was called RATS: the Radio Artists of Toronto Society.
In 1943, the Association of Canadian Radio Artists (ACRA) was established with the participation of groups from other Canadian cities. SAG-AFTRA has approximately 165,000 members, while ACTRA – the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television, and Radio Artists – has 23,000 members. “Professional performers bring enormous value to a production and it is essential that they have strong union contracts to protect them,” said Gabrielle Carteris, President of SAG-AFTRA. “Globalization and technological change are problems affecting service providers across North America. As the entertainment and media industry expands beyond traditional structures, we must respond. SAG-AFTRA reacted strongly and told Time`s Up to stay out of its internal affairs. “We appreciate the concern and entry of Time`s Up,” the guild said in a statement.