Members of the Animation Guild, IATSE Local 839, voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new film and television contract with the Alliance of Film and Television Producers. The vote was 87% in favor of ratification. According to the guild, the number of members who voted has more than tripled since the last ratification vote.
“This ratification vote shows that members have recognized the incredible work of our bargaining sub-committees and are dedicated to continuing the work,” said Steve Kaplan, the guild’s trade representative. “While we have made significant gains, we have not been able to achieve all of the priorities that we set for ourselves and that our members deserve. The Local has been dedicated to member engagement and open discussions on how to achieve these goals, and members have responded by ratifying this agreement and agreeing to support efforts to build our strength as a union and community to give us greater influence in the future. I must salute and thank each member of the committee for their hard work during this long period of negotiations and thank the leaders and staff of the local for their unwavering support.
According to the guild, highlights of the new contract include:
- Establish minimum wages for streaming derivative and original works. Programs that fell below the high-budget new media threshold had freely negotiable salaries. From now on, derivative and original productions of at least 11 minutes and with a budget of $25,000 or more per minute are subject to minimum wages.
- For the first time in the agreement’s history, writers have their own job classification, and a framework for building a progression ladder. The progression has added new classifications for minimum wages and also addresses issues related to compensation for experienced writers who do not play a supervisory role.
- A pathway for remote work covered by unions outside of LA County in an unpublished side letter. Employers have agreed that members who have worked remotely out of state can continue to do so and be covered by the agreement under specific circumstances. It was not an obligatory subject of negotiation.
- Extended parental leave protections to deal with other life events, such as caring for a family member with a serious medical condition.
- Retroactive salary increases.