CMPA, NABET 700-M UNIFOR reach new collective agreement

CMPA's Warren Ross (pictured) said the conclusion of the talks gives certainty and stability to the Ontario production sector as it handles an "unprecedented pace of production."

Warren RossThe CMPA and technicians union NABET 700-M UNIFOR have concluded negotiations on a new collective agreement.

The terms, conditions and rates of the new deal, which have not yet been made public, will now be presented to NABET 700-M members and the CMPA board for ratification in the coming weeks. The current collective agreement between the two entities expires Dec. 31, 2018. NABET 700-M represents technical fields including construction,  lighting, sound, hair, makeup, props, transportation and set dressing.

Warren Ross, CMPA’s VP of national industrial relations and senior counsel, said the conclusion of the talks gives certainty and stability to the Ontario production sector as it handles an “unprecedented pace of production.”

While the specifics of the new agreement have not been released, NABET 700-M president Jonathan Ahee said mutual concerns had been addressed at the bargaining table and that the union’s relationship with Ontario-based producers had never been stronger.

The previous collective agreement between CMPA and NABET 700-M came into effect on Jan. 1, 2016.