Friday, October 19, 2012

Contract Ratification

Not the TAG 839 agreement, that was ratified by the guild membership a month and a half ago. We're talking here about the Disney-IA "TSL" agreement.

The TSL contract covers animation employees at Walt Disney Animation Studios and Disney Toon Studios. It's been in existence for a dozen years and mirrors the regular Animation Guild collective bargaining agreement. (The biggest single difference between the TSL agreement -- "The Secret Lab" -- and Animation Guild contract is the TSL agreement has fewer job categories, therefore fewer wage rates.)

Today's contract vote was conducted on site at WDAS and DTS. (9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Diz Animation; 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Toon.) No mail ballots, just ballots and information sheets, then a stroll down the hall to mark your sheet of paper and drop it in the white box with the slot on top.

Democratic Unionism! ...

Doing the vote on site garnered a higher participation rate than the mail-in version we did for the 839 contract in August. (That one had a particpation rate of 24%.)

The percentage totals, however, were almost exactly what they were for the 839 agreement.

Disney-IA TSL Agreement

Yes -- 87%

No -- 13%

Congratulations to the employees of Disney, also congrats to the IATSE and the Mouse for doing a deal that got such a positive reception.


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