Film industry BC: Workers in North Hollywood vote for strike order

A union representing workers in the BC film and television industry has voted in favor of a strike, the latest in a year-long deal.

The Board of Directors of Canada, BC District Council (DGC BC) says 92.2 percent of members supported the move, up from 86.2 percent who voted. The association represents creative and logistical staff, including directors, editors, location managers, production assistants and others. This is the first time the union has called for a strike.

“We thank our members for the solidarity they have shown with this overwhelming mandate. “Their strength and determination make it clear that respect, justice and safety in the workplace are non-negotiable,” Allan Harmon, chairman of the Regional Council, said in a statement issued Friday.

The points that stick, according to the union, include retroactive salary increases, payment for the COVID test and salaries for those who are in entry points or lower paid. In addition, the union says that with BC’s minimum wage rising to $ 15.65 an hour in June, some experienced members will do the provincial minimum despite industry experience.

The guild trades with the Producers of the Film and Television Producers Alliance (AMPTP) and the Canadian Media Producers Association – BC Producers Branch (CMPA – BC). In a joint statement issued on the eve of the strike vote, they said the two sides were on the verge of an agreement before the union submitted additional demands, “and the opportunity for a settlement has evaporated”.

Further, the agencies referred to the possibility that action for work would have a creepy effect on the industry.

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“The vote to approve the DGC BC strike sends a message of job uncertainty to the province and seriously jeopardizes British Columbia’s reputation as an attractive location for filmmaking,” they said.

“Given the potential for job instability in British Columbia, companies represented by AMPTP and the CMPA may have to re-evaluate their plans to create new producers in the province.”

The union says it has not seen any evidence that productions are leaving BC. It also points to “safe harbor agreements” for existing productions, protecting existing productions from closing in the event of action for work.

A list of TV productions in which the guild members work includes Riverdale, Superman and Lois, The Flash and Charmed.

The strike order does not mean that workers can leave work immediately, another 72 hours notice is required.

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