Thursday, September 18, 2008

Canadian performers union seeks strike mandate

TORONTO -- A little more than a year after it ended its first-ever strike, the union that represents most English-language Canadian performers is seeking another strike mandate from its members.

Negotiations between ACTRA and the two associations representing Canada's ad agencies and advertisers have been deadlocked since the end of July, said Stephen Waddell, the union's executive director.

The last contract, covering performers who work in commercials, expired in June.

One of the sticking points has been a demand by advertisers to eliminate some categories of performer in their agreement with the union.

A vote is being conducted by mail among ACTRA's 21,000 members and the deadline for ballots to be returned is Oct. 14. A strike vote does not necessarily mean a union will strike but is a first step in giving it the power to do so.

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