Animation Guild Ratifies Studio Deal

2:48 PM PST 08/31/2012 by Jonathan Handel

The three year deal includes 2 percent wage increases and mirrors IATSE’s recent pension and health gains.

The Animation Guild has ratified the collective bargaining agreement reached with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the union announced Friday. The membership vote was 86.7% in favor, with 13.3% against.

Like the IATSE Basic Agreement deal ratified last month, the guild’s pact includes 2 percent annual wage increases. Health, pension and IAP benefits will be under the terms of the Basic Agreement. The contract will be in effect from August 1, 2012 to July 31, 2015.

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“We’re gratified with the level of support this contract received,” 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 guild is IATSE Local 839 and, like other west coast IATSE locals, has its own contract that supplements the Basic Agreement. However, the guild’s contract is particularly extensive and, unlike the other locals, the guild negotiates wage increases separately.

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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 guild represents 2,600 artists, writers and technicians in the animation industry. It’s also engaged in an organizing campaign to represent visual effects artists.

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