Over 9,000 professional artists and technicians are members of IATSE Local 891, the largest IATSE local in Canada. Chartered in 1962, IATSE Local 891 represents motion picture workers throughout British Columbia and the Yukon.
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BCCFU Statement on National Day of Mourning Sept. 19

Please see the statement below from the BC Council of Film Unions sent to productions on the Canadian government announcing September 19, 2022 as a public holiday to mark the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

September 14, 2022

To all productions:

September 19, 2022 has been named a national day of mourning to mark the Queen’s funeral.

In BC, the national holiday will be observed by federal employees. In addition, K-12 public schools and public post-secondary institutions, along with most Crown corporations, will be closed. If interfacing with these groups, please be aware that you may not be able to reach individuals on September 19.

The day has not been declared a Provincial Statutory Holiday by the BC Government. As a result, private sector employees working on September 19, including those working under the BCCFU Master Agreement, are not subject to holiday pay.

Given that schools may be closed we do encourage employers to be flexible. We also encourage employers, as Premier John Horgan said in yesterday’s statement, to find a way to recognize or reflect on the day in a way that is appropriate for their employees.

For further information:

Statement from Premier John Horgan: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2022PREM0063-001379
CBC Article: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/queens-funeral-federal-holiday-1.6581472


Paul Klassen
Executive Director, BC Council of Film Unions

(POSTED 2022-09-15)

Nominations for IATSE 891 2022 Elections Now Open!

Nominations are now open for IATSE Local 891 Executive positions as listed below and the Senior Steward position within our Local. As a member, you can nominate another member or nominate yourself. There are a couple of things to keep in mind. The nominee must: • Have been a member in continuous good standing for over two years. • Be actively working in the industry and have worked at least 120 days in the last 36 months. Time served as an officer or official or in the service of Local 891 is applicable towards the 120-day requirement. The Union office can check those details once a nomination has been made. We hope to attract a diverse group of nominees who can offer commitment, a passion for, and an understanding of our Local. The following Executive Board positions and the Senior Steward position are open for nominations for the term January 1, 2023, to December 31, 2025. Read the full detail on positions and how to nominate here. [member log-in required]

(POSTED 2022-08-22)


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Check out this information here, or talk to your joint occupational health and safety committee, Actsafe, production safety team, or WorkSafeBC!

(POSTED 2022-07-11)

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