Now it can be told! I spent a big part of Monday at Sony Pictures Animation, visiting the troops and helping on the SPA contract ratification vote...
For those new to the party: The IATSE negotiated a first-time contract with then-new Sony Pictures Animation four years ago. It was a four-year deal, and it came up for renegotiation last month.
The IA sat down and hammered a new three-year pact with Sony in late September. The deal contained wage increases that were 30% higher than the increases negotiated by The Animation Guild and the IA for their respective contracts a year and a half ago; it also had the same sweeteners for the pension and health plans ("sweeteners" = more money into the MPIPHP.)
We held a series of informational meetings about the renewed contract at the studio in the early afternoon, after which SPA employees voted on the deal.
The breakdown: 89% in favor of the renegotiated collective bargaining agreement.
So the contract was ratified for a second time. (And the IATSE -- whose contract this is -- bats two-for-two at SPA).