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EQ Online - Spring 2015 Issue
Read all about The Equity Census – a ground-breaking demographic survey launching April 24, 2015 – how it will help Equity analyze the impact of age, culture and ethnicity, diverse ability and gender and sexual identity on members’ work opportunities and income.
Learn why your colleagues are letting Equity collect and store specific demographic data from the census to facilitate ongoing analysis of engagement and income earned.
The data gathered will be a powerful tool in collective bargaining for equitable representation of diversity onstage and in related hiring.
Also in this issue – find out the results from the recent safe and respectful workplaces survey and how Equity is helping to make your work environment safer.

Equity Member Meetings Across Canada
Equity members are invited to meet with Executive Director Arden R. Ryshpan, Director of Business Rep. Services Keith Davidson, Business Representative Alistair Hepburn, local Council representatives and members of the CTA negotiating team (as available), for an update on proposed changes to 2015-2018 CTA and other issues of interest to members.
2015-2018 CTA Negotiations Successfully Conclude
Equity and PACT announce that bargaining for the 2015 - 2018 Canadian Theatre Agreement (CTA) has successfully concluded. The negotiated changes to the Agreement will soon be sent to each association's respective membership for ratification.
Council Link Spring 2015 - Safe and Respectful Workplaces Survey
Thank you very much to all those who took part in our recent national survey on Safe and Respectful Workplaces. Now that the survey results are in, Equity Council has put together a preliminary overview of the key survey findings. Read the Spring 2015 Council Link for more information.

Guest Artist Policy - Member Input Wanted
The Guest Artist Policy is one of the most highly used of all of Equity's policies and provides hundreds of work weeks for the membership. As part of the ongoing review of all of Equity's agreements and policies, the time has come for a thorough review of the Guest Artist Policy. Member input is wanted in this process. NEW SUGGESTION DEADLINE: April 17, 2015.
CTA Ratification Voter Registration is Now Closed
The Canadian Theatre agreement is set to expire June 28, 2015. Negotiations between Equity and PACT began in February 2015. Voting on the negotiated changes will commence as soon as possible after the conclusion of negotiations.
Life and Regular Equity members, in good standing and who were engaged under the CTA or another theatre agreement or policy *NEW* (Artists' Collective Policy and Festival Policy excepted) since June 29, 2009, will be automatically enumerated to vote.
Life and Regular Equity members in good standing but who are not eligible for automatic enumeration, were able to register to vote on the upcomping CTA ratification until April 2, 2015.
Council Connection Blog
An ongoing journal of the doings and decisions of the board of the Canadian Actors' Equity Association.
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