Dear Members of the Canadian Association of Stand-up, Sketch, and Improv Comedians (CASC),

We want to share an exciting opportunity that we believe will greatly benefit the comedy community. The Canadian Association of Stand-up, Sketch, and Improv Comedians (CASC) has the chance to become a Unifor chapter, and we’d like to highlight the numerous advantages and opportunities this affiliation would bring.

What is Unifor?

Unifor is Canada’s largest private-sector union, representing over 315,000 members across various industries. By becoming a Unifor chapter, CASC would join a powerful network that advocates for workers’ rights, providing us with collective strength and influence. Unifor also offers practical benefits such as access to health and dental benefits plans

Does this mean we are Unionizing? 

No. While both Unifor community chapters and unionizing with collective bargaining involve organizing workers to advocate for their interests, they differ in their focus and approach. 

Community chapters prioritize community-building, advocacy, and support, while unionizing with collective bargaining aims to negotiate legally enforceable contracts with employers to secure specific terms and conditions of employment.

Unifor’s Community Chapters are a new tool for building our communities and our power as working people. With Unifor’s resources, we can bring more leverage to negotiations with big-name employers like Yuk Yuk’s and the CBC. 

Why Join Unifor as a Chapter?

Strength is in numbers. Unifor is Canada’s largest private-sector union, representing hundreds of thousands of workers across various industries. By affiliating with Unifor as a community chapter, CASC gains access to a vast network of support, resources, and advocacy efforts. This collective strength enables us to amplify our voices and advocate for the rights and interests of comedians nationwide. Affiliation with Unifor and access to their resources increases the sophistication and power of our negotiations with big name employers and when lobbying the government.

As a Unifor chapter, CASC would have a dedicated voice within Unifor, ensuring that the unique needs and concerns of our community are represented and addressed at a broader level in the world of workers’ rights. This representation is crucial in navigating issues specific to stand-up, sketch, and improv comedians.

Joining Unifor will foster a sense of solidarity and support amongst our members. As a chapter, CASC would be part of a larger community of workers who share common goals and challenges. This camaraderie can provide emotional and professional support, fostering a stronger, more resilient community.

Next Steps: Your Input Matters!

Before proceeding, we want to ensure that this decision reflects the collective interests of our members. We will be hosting our AGM in April to have a final vote on Unifor. Your participation is crucial in shaping the future of our association.

We believe that joining Unifor as a chapter is a significant step forward for Canadian comedy, providing us with the tools and support needed to navigate the unique challenges of our industry. We look forward to your active participation in the upcoming town hall and the exciting possibilities that lie ahead for our community.

Thank you for your time and ongoing commitment to the Canadian comedy scene.