Artists are being asked to vote on ratification of the agreement in principle with the National Gallery of Canada
A first for visual artists!
In coming weeks, artists in Québec and Canada will be asked to vote on whether or not to accept the scale agreement that has been negotiated with the National Gallery of Canada. It is the first time that this has happened in the visual arts field. This is a historic moment, and we hope that a large number of you will participate in this democratic exercise.
More specifically, this is a historic moment both due to its exemplary nature and because it expresses explicit recognition that artists whose works are exhibited in the public exhibition system should have fair remuneration for their copyright and their professional services.
All eligible artists may exercise their right to vote on ratification of the agreement proposed by RAAV and CARFAC. This framework agreement, negotiated under the federal Status of the Artist Act, will bind the two artists’ associations and the National Gallery of Canada for a three-year period.
The artists on the boards of directors of RAAV and CARFAC recommend that you approve this first collective agreement.
Ratification in Québec
As RAAV and CARFAC are separately accredited under the Status of the Artist Act, they must each proceed separately with ratification of the agreement. Therefore, RAAV, which represents visual artists living in Québec, will have its own ratification procedure, independent from that of CARFAC.
Information on the proposed agreement and the ratification procedure will be sent to RAAV members in good order in the coming weeks. In addition, two information sessions will be held in early January:
- Québec City: January 7, 5:00–7:00 pm at Centre Alyne-Lebel, 310 Boul. Langelier
- Montréal: January 8, 5:00–7:00 pm at Gèsu, 1202 Rue de Bleury
Confidential vote by mail and e-mail
Most artists will be asked to vote by e-mail; those who do not have an e-mail address will receive information by mail. The vote will be organized by a firm specializing in surveys and will take place in a way that protects the confidentiality of the ballots. RAAV will not know what option individual members have voted for. The only information that it will receive will be the final result of the vote and the number of people who voted.
Who has the right to vote?
Only artist members in good order of RAAV may vote, but if you are not a member or have not paid your membership dues you may still vote. Former members do not have to resubmit eligibility portfolios. Simply contact the office and pay the annual dues by January 15, 2015.
Artists who are not members of RAAV and wish to participate in the ratification process must become members and have paid their annual dues for 2014–15 by January 15, 2015. To become a member of RAAV, visit the RAAV Web site.
President of RAAV