a member of animation guild, IATSE Local 839 has voted overwhelmingly to confirm a new film and TV contract with Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, The vote in favor of ratification was 87%. According to the Guild, the number of members who voted more than tripled since the last ratification vote.
“This ratification vote shows that membership has acknowledged the incredible work of our negotiating subcommittees and has dedicated itself to continuing the work,” said Guild Trade Representative Steve Kaplan. “While we achieved significant gains, we were not able to reach all of the priorities that we set out to achieve and our members are eligible. Local has taught itself about member engagement and how to achieve those goals. Dedicated to open discussion, and membership has agreed to support efforts to build our strength as a union and community by ratifying this agreement and to benefit us more in the future. The negotiation period should acknowledge and thank each and every member of the committee for their hard work and also thank the local leadership and staff for their never-ending support.
According to the Guild, highlights of the new contract include:
- Establishment of minimum wage for streaming derivative and original work. Programs that fell under the new media high-budget threshold provided for freely negotiable wages. Now, derivative and original productions with a minimum 11-minute length and budgets of $25,000 or more per minute are subject to a minimum wage.
- For the first time in the history of the Agreement, writers have their own job classification, and a framework for building up the ladder of progress. Progress has added new classifications for the minimum wage, and also addressed issues related to compensation for veteran writers who are not in a supervisory role.
- A route to federally covered remote work outside LA County in an unpublished sideletter. Employers agreed that members working remotely out of state may continue to do so and may be covered by agreement in specific circumstances. It was not a compulsory subject of bargaining.
- Extended parental leave protection to address other life events, such as caring for a family member with a serious health condition.
- retroactive pay increase.