Saturday, August 22, 2009

The IA-Disney Meet

On Friday, the IATSE and TAG held an informational meeting in Disney Feature Animation's first-floor theater, explaining about the oncoming negotiations for the Disney-IA contract. (The agreement ends in October, so now seems like a fortuitous time to commence talks on the next three-year deal.)

We spent a lot of time talking about the mechanics of negotiations, the state of the industry, and the studios' current attitudes about negotiations with labor organizations. (Can you say "hard line"? I knew you could ...) There were complaints about Disney's recent wage rollbacks. We explained how unions don't deal with overscale salary cuts but only pay minimums; that didn't make anybody feel happier about the corporate belt-tightening now being done at their expense.

There was concern about changes to the health plan ("The MPIPHP had to fill a big deficit" was the answer), and relief that the pension accumulations and benefits are the same as before. One attendee button-holed me to talk about her struggle getting enough hours to hang on to health coverage: "I just made the number of hours I need, but I'm being laid off in a week or two, and don't know when I'm coming back ..."

The joys of project-to-project employment are never-ending ....

Before we started our meeting in the big theater, the crew of The Princess and the Frog had one there. As everyone filed out, people told me that:

* There a few weeks left on cleanup and ink and paint, then the visuals are done.

* A lot of the music has been laid down in scoring sessions and sounds great, and that there will be a few more sessions in September.

A large part of the P and F crew is gone ... and waiting for Winnie the Pooh to be written and boarded so they can come back to work.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

I work at Disney Feature, and never heard anything about this meeting in the theater. Where was I supposed to find out about it?

Anonymous said...

Did you check DAweb?

Steve Hulett said...

We sent out e-mails, and I went room to room on all three floors, handing out fliers.

A flier was also posted on the second floor ... the only place we were allowed to post.

Anonymous said...

I heard a rumor that Disney is trying to create a more steady, core group of animators much like Pixar has, and move away from the project hires. Is this true?

Anonymous said...

I heard a rumor that Disney is trying to create a more steady, core group of animators much like Pixar has, and move away from the project hires. Is this true?

It's true, but it won't happen for some time, due to practical logistics.

Anonymous said...

Where on the 2nd floor do you post your materials?

Steve Hulett said...

I'm told it was near the coffee bar.

Nomanisan said...

But I don't drink coffee.

Couldn't you post it near the soda machine over to the left?

Anonymous said...

looking forward to seeing Princess and the Frog, also glad to hear about Pooh.

Earnie Culpepper said...

Hearing about Pooh? Please. Whatever you do in the bathroom should stay in there, this is an animation blog! Yuck.

Jhon said...
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Anonymous said...

I think they put it on the bulletin board near the caffeine patch, not right by Carlos' bar...not sure though

Neal said...

Why do Pooh jokes still exist? They are trite, juvenile, and cliche. Get a new punchline, people!

Anonymous said...

...says the 18 year old.

Just dont feed the trolls and you'll be fine.

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