Being a member of UBCP/ACTRA means you are a professional, and being a professional brings special rights and some responsibilities.

Your rights as a Union member…

  • Union contracts guarantee your minimum fees, terms and working conditions
  • The Union negotiates with producer associations to make gains in your contracts
  • Union representatives ensure producers comply with the terms of Union contracts and are available to help resolve contract issues
  • Members may participate in Union business by attending membership meetings
  • Members may qualify to vote and participate in elections
  • Full members are entitled to health insurance and retirement benefits

Your Responsibilities…

  • No non-union work: Union members may not work for producers who haven’t signed Union contracts
  • Union members agree to abide by Union rules and work in a professional manner

In order to maintain the strength of our collective agreements we must maintain our solidarity as a union. By becoming a UBCP/ACTRA Member you are committing to respect all of the rules in our ACTRA Constitution, ACTRA By-laws and UBCP/ACTRA By-Laws. You can only work on an UBCP/ACTRA contract under one of our collective agreements, and must only work with performers who are also UBCP/ACTRA Members in good standing or otherwise qualified by UBCP/ACTRA. You also cannot work for a fee or under conditions less than the minimum set out in the relevant agreement.

When producers and agents ask you to work non-union, they are asking you to work for less and say no to your pension. They are telling you that you don’t deserve health benefits. They are saying you don’t need to be protected from onset accidents and harassment. They are undermining our union. They are undervaluing you. Stand shoulder-to-shoulder with your fellow-professional performers and ‘work UBCP/ACTRA.’

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