MONTREAL — Richard Hardacre has been re-elected for a second term as national president of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), the country’s main actors union, it was announced Monday.
Hardacre was president of ACTRA – which has 21,000 members across the country – during the union’s first-ever strike earlier this year. Under Hardacre’s leadership, the union took a tough stance on protecting performer’s rights on the Internet and the strike forced producers to reach an agreement that satisfied the actors union.
Hardacre was elected by the governing national council of ACTRA, which is its executive decisionmaking body and consists of 25 members.
Hardacre, who has been national president for two years, begins another two-year term now. Prior to becoming national president, he was president of ACTRA Toronto, the union’s largest branch.
“The Canadian performers of ACTRA participated in a major victory this year through our negotiaitons and the first strike in our 64-year-history,” said Hardacre. “It was our only choice to protect our future earnings in new media, those to which we and our families have a right.”
Hardacre said the union’s next priority will be trying to do something about the abysmal state of homegrown drama on Canadian TV. In recent years, the Canuck networks have radically reduced their drama production following the loosening of broadcast regulations.
Hardacre took part in four rounds of collective bargaining with Canadian producers and has been a member of ACTRA and Canadian’s and American Actor’s Equity since 1976.