The Animation Guild, Local 839 IATSE and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have agreed to a new three-year collective bargaining agreement, set to take effect August 1, 2015 and run through July 31, 2018.
The animators’ pact falls in line with the 2015 IATSE Hollywood Basic Agreement, per The Wrap. Key points include a three percent increase to contract wage minimums (compounded), unchanged health benefits (including no increases to premiums for dependents), 10 increases in pension benefits for individuals retiring after Aug. 1, an updated New Media Side Letter that conforms to earlier negotiated deals by other groups, and higher health and pension contributions for freelance storyboard artists and timing directors.
The Animation Guild is currently in collective bargaining agreements exclusively with So Cal studios, including Big Box, DisneyToon, Film Roman, DreamWorks Animation, Fox Television Animation, Hanna-Barbera, Hasbro Studios, Nickelodeon, Sony Pictures Animation, Walt Disney Animation and Warner Bros. Animation.