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Negotiations between the Canadian actors' union

gotiations between the Canadian actors' union the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists and U.S. producers broke off last week, with performers threatening to strike over the producers' demand for steep pay cuts on U.S. shoots in the country. According to ACTRA, producers have proposed reductions in overtime rates, turnaround times, and employer contributions to insurance and retirement funds. The union has called for a 15 percent raise in minimum rates over three years for homegrown shoots and a 40 percent jump over five years for U.S. productions in Canada. The contract in question, known as the Independent Production Agreement, expires Dec. 3

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