Film and Television Workers

To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

Whereas thousands of people in the entertainment industry are falling through the cracks when it comes to on-the-job protections;

Whereas workers in reality and factual television production are especially vulnerable because they are blocked from basic employment rights due to “Special Industry Rules and Exemptions for the Film and Television Industry” clause;

Whereas in May 2017, the Ontario government pledged to conduct a review of exemptions and special industry rules as part of Bill 148, and the Ministry of Labour is now reviewing eight sectors, but the film and television industry is not on the list;

Whereas reality and factual television production workers in Ontario have been neglected for too long and the collective agreements that do exist in the industry are based on voluntary deals reached decades ago with a few specific craft unions that cover workers in scripted and dramatic television and film production;

Whereas everyone else in this booming sector is working precariously on their own;

We, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows:

To ensure everyone benefits from Ontario’s commitment to improving working conditions in this province, and for the Ministry of Labour to uphold its promise to review the unrepresented areas of the arts and entertainment sector as recommended by the Changing Workplaces Review, and to include in the review an examination of issues that are specific to the reality and factual television production industry such as the out-of-date exemptions, the misclassification of workers as independent contractors, and ways workers are excluded from collective bargaining rights.

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