One of our fine trade papers notes upcoming contract talks:
... Hollywood's below-the-line unions have set March 5 as a start date for contract negotiations with the congloms ...
When the trades talk about "below the line," they mean the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employes, the Teamsters, and any other Hollywood union that isn't SAG, DGA or WGA.
In other words, us guys.
What you should note here is that The Animation Guild, Local 839 IATSE, was chucked out of the "West Coast Bargaining Unit" -- the group that Variety is referring to -- back in 1982.
(We were kicked out for being uppity*. TAG has negotiated by its lonesome ever since.)
This time around, I'll be sitting in the big negotiations, but I will be sitting as an observer, not a participant. Just like always. (We always like to be there because we are tied into the Health and Pension Plans, and what everybody else gets, we also get.)
As best we can tell, TAG's negotiations will take place in April or May, after the Basic Agreement has been negotiated and (hopefully) ratified.
* As used above, uppity means "Striking too much."