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Contract Negotiations [ARTL 808]

ARTL 808 Contract Negotiations

1.5 Units  

Students will acquire a working knowledge of the rights and needs of artists, artist unions and associations, relevant requirements of labour law, AODA and the Occupational Health and Safety Act, collective bargaining process, and negotiating contracts.

Students will learn to plan negotiation approach within a contractual framework, utilize critical analytical thinking within a legal framework, succeed in a team-based environment, learn communication and persuasive skills, analyze financial and other impacts of contractual amendments, create a contract, and present a contract for ratification.

About the instructor


Eleanor graduated from the Production Program at the National Theatre School of Canada in 2008. Immediately after graduation, Eleanor moved to Ottawa and began her career in theatre as the Assistant Production Manager for the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC). Eleanor relocated to Toronto in 2011 and worked as Production Manager for Tarragon Theatre until 2018. In January 2018, Eleanor started a new life in theatre administration when she was offered the role of Labour Relations Manager for the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT).

As Labour Relations Manager for PACT, Eleanor is responsible for the effective negotiation, interpretation, and management of the collective agreements PACT negotiates on behalf of 110 member theatres with theatre artist associations Canadian Actors’ Equity Association, Playwrights Guild of Canada, Associated Designers of Canada, L’Association des professionnels des arts de la scène du Québec, and ReSound.  In additional to the management of these collective agreements, Eleanor occupies an important position in assisting theatre professionals at organizations across Canada navigate Labour Relations within the scope of their own theatres. In her role with PACT, Eleanor holds regular online learning sessions with professionals from across the country to expand the knowledge and understanding of the effect Labour Relations has on the industry as a whole and those working within it.