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Animation Guild Reaches New Contract Agreement with AMPTP

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LR-Animation Guild LogoThe Animation Guild, (Local 839 IATSE) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) reached agreement on a new three‐year collective bargaining agreement late last week after three days of bargaining. The new pact will run from Aug. 1, 2015-July 31, 2018, and follows the outline of the 2015 IATSE Hollywood Basic Agreement.

The deal includes:

  • 3% increases to contract wage minimums (compounded)
  • Unchanged Health Benefits (including no increases to premiums for dependents)
  • 10% increases in pension benefits for individuals retiring after August 1, 2015
  • An updated New Media Side Letter that conforms to New Media deals negotiated by SAG‐AFTRA, DGA, WGA, and the IATSE in earlier negotiations
  • Higher health and pension contributions for freelance storyboard artists and timing directors

Contract talks started on Monday and continued until late Wednesday night. The negotiation committee included Animation Guild president Jack Thomas, business representative Steve Hulett, organizer Steve Kaplan as well as IATSE vice president Michael Miller.

“Contract talks are always somewhat contentious, but this year the attitudes on both sides were businesslike and cordial,” said Hulett. “IATSE vice president Miller was very helpful in aiding the Animation Guild to reach a contract. There were a lot of proposals on the table, but we were still able to reach agreement in three days. I commend AMPTP president Carol Lombardini and her committee on their focus on the essentials and their willingness to work through differences.”

As soon as a memorandum of agreement is drafted, the deal will go out to the guild’s membership for ratification.

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