May 2014 : exchange of proposals between the AFM and the Guild

Following the refusal by the AFM of the agreement-in-principle submitted in March, Alan Willaert, AFM Vice President from Canada, sent a proposal on May 8 to the Guilde.

The AFM’s offer didn’t include any element allowing to settle the matter of the autonomy of the Guilde des musiciens et musiciennes du Québec, which however constitutes one of the key issues of the Guild’s requests. The Guild’s Board of Directors met and agreed to make the following counter-offer:

The referendum of June 2 to June 8, 2014 shall proceed as planned, unless a formal signed agreement between the AFM and the GMMQ is concluded between now and June 1, 2014;

  • Prior to the pursuit of further discussions, the Guild demands recognition of its complete autonomy by the AFM, with the Guild being recognized as the exclusive negotiating agent for all professional musicians in the territory of the Province of Québec. Under the Act respecting the Professional Status and Conditions of Engagement of Performing, Recording and Film Artists, the GMMQ has, in particular, complete autonomy to negotiate in the areas of artistic performance, including theatre, opera, music, dance and variety shows, multimedia, film, music recording and other types of recording for sound, dubbing and advertising.
  • In the event of such recognition by the AFM, the parties shall be able to discuss the cost of affiliation on the basis of proposals submitted by both sides;
  • In the event that a formal agreement is concluded before June 1st, 2014, the GMMQ agrees to suspend the holding of a referendum until the agreement is submitted to a general assembly of the Guild’s members. If the agreement is ratified by the members, the referendum shall be cancelled.

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