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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