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Animators agree deal with majors

Guild members must ratify MPTP pact

The union covering about 2,000 Hollywood animators has reached a tentative three-year deal with the congloms.

Animation Guild Local 839, which is part of the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, announced Tuesday that it had negotiated the pact, which would take effect Aug. 1 if the members ratify the deal.

Negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers began May 18 and concluded Monday night.

Key parts of the deal include a 2% hike in salary minimums each year and a 1.5% gain in employer contributions to the health and pension plan. The pact also contains an increase in the number of hours employees will be required to work to keep their health insurance benefits, similar to the provisions contained in the new IATSE West Coast contract, which covers about 25,000 below-the-line workers.

The IATSE West Coast deal also contained 3% annual pay hikes, which were first negotiated more than a year ago. Local 839 business agent Steve Hulett said the congloms were unwilling to budge from the 2% gains for animators.

“We didn’t have major, huge leverage,” he added. “The conclusion to the negotiations wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t where we expected, or originally hoped, to touch down for a landing. We were not ecstatic at the final results, but we recognized existing realities and bargained accordingly.”

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