Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) performers who have made commercials through a collective agreement called the National Commercial Agreement (NCA) have been lockout for over 17 months by many ad agencies and companies. According to ACTRA, the Institute of Canadian Agencies (ICA), which represents 15 advertising agencies, offered the union proposals that they would never accept, including a cut of 60% to their wages, no retirement contributions, and an end to their benefits plan.
ACTRA has continued to promote a boycott of companies who use these ad agencies for commercials to apply pressure to end the lockout and arrive at a fair deal. The boycott has the support of the Canadian Labour Congress, of which OSSTF/FEESO is a member.
The boycott includes the following companies who use ICA agencies to produce their commercials:
- Johnson and Johnson
- Canadian Tire
- Home Hardware
- Rakuten Kobo
- Sleep Country
- John Frieda
- H&R Block
It only takes 30 seconds to take action to support locked out ACTRA members.
Members of OSSTF/FEESO are strongly encouraged to participate in the boycott of these companies and to TAKE ACTION by sending an email to the CEOs of the companies above through ACTRA’s website. Members can also view ACTRA’s Hall of Shame – the list of advertising agencies who have locked out their members.
Please show your support for our fellow unionized workers at ACTRA.