Your Equity negotiations team continues to work towards the development of an updated CTA - with our ongoing commitment to protecting the issues that matter most to members: protecting your right to work in an inclusive environment that is safe, secure, stable and reliable on stages across the country.
We’ve just wrapped another week of progress with the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT), and our next round of negotiations are expected to be underway again by August 22 (PLEASE NOTE: This date has changed and bargaining will now recommence on August 13). Equity was eager to meet sooner but it proved difficult to assemble key members of the PACT team any earlier than that.
Where we Stand Right Now
We’re happy to report that in the interim, PACT and Equity have agreed that the current CTA will stay in force while we continue to work collaboratively to update our Agreement. Equity members should continue to provide service under CTA contracts as usual.
We also want to provide an update for those members who use the Independent Theatre Agreement (ITA): The current ITA is extended until the CTA negotiations are concluded. We strongly encourage ITA Theatres to continue work as usual with Equity members and sign contracts for new engagements, and Equity members should continue to provide service under ITA as well.
We are sending you this update because we want to ensure members know what to expect about issues relating to your engagements under the CTA and agreements tied to the CTA.
In terms of fee increases, the financial terms will not be changing while PACT and Equity are still in negotiations. Discussion about fee increases, and when they would possibly come into effect, are all part of the broader conversations taking place during these negotiations.
We are proud of our history and legacy of supporting professional artists. From insurance and health benefits and retirement plans, to developing protective frameworks around discrimination and harassment, to equal engagement opportunities and inclusions, provisions and mechanisms to respond to breaches, breaks during the workday, payment requirements, rehearsal and work conditions.
We look forward to continued work opportunities for our members as we endeavour to deliver a renewed agreement.