Animation Guild Ratifies Contract With AMPTP

By Dominic Patten, Nikki Finke

The Animation Guild representING 2,600 artists, writers and technicians employed in the animation industry today announced its Local 839 IATSE membership has ratified the collective bargaining agreement reached with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). The Guild walked out of talks in April, returning in June after a heavily-attended special membership meeting and guild survey of contract priorities. About 24% of those ballots sent out were returned. The vote was 86.7% in favor, with 13.3% against. The contract calls for 2% annual compounded wage increases in line with what other Hollywood guilds received. Health, pension and IAP benefits are to be provided under the terms of the IATSE Basic Agreement reached in April. Other provisions of the new agreement include a new storyboard revisionist classification, changes to the talent development program, and DreamWorks Animation wage minimums. The contract will be in effect from August 1st through July 31, 2015.

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

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).

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