This new collective agreement for Quebec productions covers all positions within the artistic department represented by the Guild: AQTIS chose Qweri for its ability to unify the internal and external management of collective agreements. The original Word files available to the Union are simply downloaded into Qweri to be converted into a dynamic html5 version and PDF. Depending on the access rights granted, some documents may be accessed by all union members via the organization`s website, while others are only made available to union representatives with a username and password. For their part, union representatives have privileged access to Qweri`s collaborative characteristics: they can include personal notes directly in the body of collective agreements (for example. B by combining the reference of one of their acts with a certain section of a convention) and share these notes. If necessary, it is even possible to create groups of teams (for example. B to prepare for the next round of negotiations). In addition, all this knowledge is accessible from their mobile devices, a significant aspect considering all the time union representatives spend on the street. The production company invoked the law that respected the professional status and terms of engagement of professionals, host artists and film artists (the “GSP”).
The status allows artists` associations to obtain recognition and negotiate a collective agreement with a producer or producer association on behalf of artists on the minimum terms of engagement of these artists. The production company signed a contract with each of the workers. Some of them were members of the Quebec Alliance of Image and Sound Technicians (the “AQTIS”). AQTIS represents artists and technicians in certain sectors of the television and film industry. For these workers, the contracting agreements submitted by AQTIS included a driver who indicated that workers would be recruited as self-employed contractors. For other workers who were not members of an association of artists or technicians involved, the production was preparing an agreement called “Deal Memo”. This agreement set, among other things, the duration of the contract and the remuneration agreed by the parties for the services provided. The workers who signed the memorandum of understanding considered themselves independent contractors. This approach allows AQTIS members to benefit from effective navigation and research in all agreements negotiated by their union or within one of them.