Some of My Best Friends are Equity Members, Vol. 2

Message in my in-box last night from the fne foks over at Convergence Theatre, and said I`d share with you.


Hello Fellow CAEA Members!

So, the time has come for us to rally the troops once again…

After more than three years, Equity is finally taking steps towards creating new policies for indie agreements, as reflected by members’ feedback in the ITRC survey.

While it would be easy for us to sit back and watch Equity go about their business, we need to keep up the pressure and make sure our voices are heard, and that they stay on their timeline.  To this extent, Ed Roy is putting forth a motion to ensure that Equity understands the degree of importance and urgency with which members would like to see action be taken.

It is vital that we have the numbers and voices to support this motion!

The motion reads as follows:

WHEREAS Equity Member/Creators have demanded action on indie theatre issues for the last three years, expressed in the form of member resolutions at previous National AGMs, which resolutions passed 96-1 in February 2009, and 42-4 in October 2009;


AND WHEREAS the Independent Theatre Review Committee (ITRC) was formed in response to the demand for action on indie theatre issues and completed its work in September 2011;


AND WHEREAS the suggested policy changes resulting from the ITRC’s work on indie theatre issues have been debated and will soon be put in place by Council;


BE IT RESOLVED that Council require the Executive Director to deliver a plan that will directly address indie issues to CAEA members that will finally address indie theatre issues no later than October 31, 2012.


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that should the Executive Director fail to deliver a new indie plan to CAEA members by October 31 2012, then until such time as this new indie plan is delivered, that Council enact policy to enable members to work under any currently existing CAEA agreement, policy or guideline (with the exception of engagements governed by a negotiated agreement) as such individual member deems appropriate including the Festival Policy, the Guest Artist Policy, the “Indie” Policy, the Small Scale Theatre Addendum or Co-op Guidelines, without CAEA staff approval and without CAEA penalty or repercussion.

As a concerned and invested CAEA member, we kindly ask that you do the following:

1.  Invite 3 people you know, who are members of Equity.  Tell them what’s been going on, and that their support on this motion is needed.  Ask them to be there on:

Date: February 27, 2012

Time: 7:00-10:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Venue: Gladstone Hotel (Ballroom)
Location: 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON

Food & Booze!

2.  Ask them to invite 3 Equity people they know and repeat.

If we all ask 3 people, that would be grand.  If you have time to send out a mass e-mail, that would be even grander.

Looking forward to seeing you at the AGM!

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