Disney Secret Lab employees ink deal

Pact was recommended unanimously by employee negotiating committee

Employees at Disney’s Secret Laboratory CGI feature animation production arm have unanimously ratified a three-year deal.

The new contract follows the outlines of the current pact for Local 839 of the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.

Deal, which covers about 300 staffers, was recommended unanimously by the Disney employee negotiating committee.

Key deal points include a minimum wage rate increase of 75¢ in year one, followed by bumps of 3% and 3%; employer pension contributions increase by 25¢ per hour, retroactive to Aug. 1; a pension increase of 10% (trust fund balances permitting) kicks in in 2009, retroactive to August; sick leave increases from five days per year to 10 days; and employer health care benefit contributions increase by 25¢ an hour.

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