ACTRA OKs new commercials pact

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TORONTO -- Canadian actors union ACTRA said Tuesday that its membership has voted 99% in favor of extending its current three-year deal with the Association of Canadian Advertisers and the Institute of Communications and Advertising for another year, from July 1-June 30, 2008.

The new deal will see ACTRA members receive a 3% raise in minimum day rates and a 1% raise in insurance contributions.

"We're happy that our membership is behind this extension, it's a strong signal of our members' support for the negotiating committee and the solidarity within our union," said Richard Hardacre, ACTRA's national president.

The ACA's board earlier ratified the settlement terms.

The Canadian commercial production sector was not affected by ACTRA's recent winter strike against North American film and TV producers because individual commercial production houses made arrangements with ACTRA to allow commercial shoots to continue through the dispute.
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