British Columbia film unions ratify labor deal

Includes contributions to unions' health, welfare programs

TORONTO -- British Columbia film unions have ratified a three-year deal with U.S. producers that includes a 2% rate hike.

The new master agreement between the Canadian affiliates of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and the B.C. Council of Film Unions, which represents 10,000 behind-the-camera workers, will run to March 2012.

The last master agreement expired in April.

Also ratified is a supplemental master agreement that deals with discounted tiers, which includes lower budgeted features, cable and syndicated TV production and Canadian film and TV production.

The Council member unions include IATSE Locals 891 and 669, Teamsters Union Local 155. Also negotiating with the AMPTP was the B.C. branch of the Canadian Film and Television Production Association.

The latest labor deal, which aims at providing stability to U.S. producers that shoot in British Columbia, also includes new contributions to the unions' health and welfare programs.
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