A-list actors sign open letter urging B.C. actors to vote down contract extension
Hollywood A-listers Elliot Page and Martin Short are among 74 Canadian actors behind an open letter calling on fellow performers in B.C. to vote down a proposal to extend their existing contract.
The proposed deal would begin April 1, 2024, and extend the contract to March 31, 2025 in return for a five per cent wage increase. It is between the alliance of Motion Pictures and Television Producers and the Union of British Columbia Performers/Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists, in partnership with the Canadian Media Producers Association B.C. branch, the B.C. Council of Film Unions, which includes IATSE 891, IATSE 669, Teamsters 155, and the Directors Guild of Canada B.C. branch.
The vote to ratify the agreement closes on July 20. All five unions involved must agree before the contract is extended.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the July 10 open letter urged the Union of British Columbia Performers members to reject a deal as they feel it could hurt contract talks in the U.S. involving the striking Screen Actors Guild — American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the striking Writers Guild of America.