Animation Guild overwhelmingly ratifies agreement

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The Animation Guild, Local 839

The Animation Guild, Local 839

Members of The Animation Guild, Local 839 IATSE have ratified the collective bargaining agreement reached with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers by an 86.7% margin, the local announced Friday.

The agreement was reached with the AMPTP back in June. Ballots were sent out to TAG members in early August and collected until 5 p.m. Thursday by the American Arbitration Association.

Out of roughly 2,600 active members, 549 eligible ballots were received.

The contract calls for two percent annual compounded wage increases. Health, pension and IAP benefits are to be provided under the terms of the IATSE Basic Agreement, on which agreement was reached in April. Other provisions of the new agreement include a new storyboard revisionist classification, and changes to the talent development program and the DreamWorks Animation wage minimums. The contract will be in effect from August 1, 2012 to July 31, 2015.

“We’re gratified with the level of support this contract received,” TAG business representative Steve Hulett said. “The contract talks were not easy, and the negotiation committee wondered at times if we would ever reach a conclusion.”

The Guild walked out of talks in April, returning in June after a heavily-attended special membership meeting and guild survey of contract priorities.

The Animation Guild is a local union of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada (IATSE). It represents 2,600 artists, writers and technicians employed in the animation industry.

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