DGC-BC Strike Mandate FAQs
Information for UBCP/ACTRA Members
I heard the Directors Guild of Canada-British Columbia (DGC-BC) may be going on strike. What’s this about?
Sometimes, when negotiating a collective agreement, a union may find it has no other choice but to go on strike. After bargaining for over a year, the DGC-BC have decided to ask their members to give their negotiating team a mandate to strike if they cannot reach a deal with the Negotiating Producers. On April 8th, the DGC-BC announced that their members voted overwhelmingly in favour of a strike mandate. Get more information about the issues behind this potential strike here.
What’s going to happen if the DGC-BC and the Negotiating Producers don’t reach a deal?
The DGC-BC has been bargaining for over a year and have reached an impasse with the Negotiating Producers. Now that their members have provided their union with a strike mandate, the DGC-BC can begin the process of initiating strike action by serving 72 hours’ notice to the Negotiating Producers. Afterwards, the DGC-BC can go on strike and walk off the job.
Are all productions affected by a potential strike?
All current and most upcoming productions are subject to Safe Harbour agreements with the DGC-BC. Productions subject to Safe Harbour agreements are not affected by any strike action that may take place.
Producers could lose the ability to sign Safe Harbour agreements for future productions after a 72-hour strike notice is given. Therefore, in the event of a strike, there may be a loss of work opportunities down the road if the DGC-BC and the Negotiating Producers are unable to reach an agreement.
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