Press release

Oct 31, 2018

CMPA and NABET 700-M UNIFOR reach new agreement

New deal establishes terms, rates and conditions for Ontario crew members

TORONTO, October 31, 2018 — Today, the Canadian Media Producers Association and NABET 700-M UNIFOR jointly announced the successful conclusion of negotiations on a new collective agreement. The tentative deal will establish the terms, conditions and rates for a number of technical crew members engaged in film, TV and digital media productions in Ontario, including construction, hair, makeup, props, transportation, lighting, sound and set dressing.

“NABET crew members are essential partners in production, and we are proud to have reached an agreement that recognizes the importance of each and every role they occupy,” said Warren Ross, the CMPA’s Vice President of National Industrial Relations and Senior Counsel. “Given the unprecedented pace of production in the province, the conclusion of these negotiations will help to provide certainty and stability to the Ontario production sector as it continues to grow and thrive.”

“Our relationship with Canadian producers has never been stronger,” said Jonathan Ahee, the President of NABET 700-M UNIFOR. “We were able to address our mutual concerns at the bargaining table and can now return our focus to ensuring Ontario remains globally competitive so we can continue to build our world class screen-based industry.”

Details of the new agreement in principle will be presented to the CMPA board and NABET 700-M UNIFOR membership for ratification in the coming weeks. The current CMPA / NABET 700-M UNIFOR Collective Agreement expires on December 31, 2018.

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The Canadian Media Producers Association is the national advocacy organization for independent producers, representing hundreds of companies engaged in the development, production and distribution of English-language content made for television, cinema and digital media channels. We work to promote the continued success of the Canadian production sector and to ensure a bright future for the diverse content made by our members for both domestic and international audiences.

NABET 700-M UNIFOR represents over 3,000 qualified Technicians in fifteen departments of the film, television and digital media production industry in Ontario.  Producers can crew a NABET 700-M UNIFOR show on a non-seniority basis that allows productions to hire the Technicians that are appropriate for the upcoming production. This ensures that the best people are always working on the right production, which is a benefit to both producers and NABET 700-M UNIFOR members alike.

For more information:

Kyle O’Byrne
Manager, Media Relations & Communications, CMPA

Azia Tron
Administrative Manager, NABET 700-M UNIFOR