The room was way too small for the number of people who showed up. Two hundred and forty artists, writers and tech directors sat, stood in the back and crowded the stairwell listening to the negotiation committee's presentation of the two days of talks that ended in a walkout at the start of Day Three ...
I gave a synopsis of the producer and Animation Guild's proposals, after which members gave their own eloquent takes on the progress (or lack thereof) the committee encountered during negotiations.
* How the AMPTP let the committee know that live-action scripts are more "complex" and "sophisticated" than the animated variety.
* How almost all of TAG's proposals were rejected. And then the committee got a low-ball offer on wages.
* How there is no need to take account of holidays in work schedules, because "the show must go on."
Members in attendance made it clear they weren't inclined to take less than the IATSE and local unions in the Basic Agreement negotiations achieved. The committee asked for additional input from the membership, and asked them to give their priorities on proposals. (In the next few days, members will receive a list of proposals with the request to get the digital form back to TAG as rapidly as possible for tabulation.)
Near meeting's end, I said that any member who desired to serve on the negotiation committee for the next round of talks should contact me via