Friday, April 03, 2015

Contract Talks

The production locals of our mother International commence talks with the AMPTP on Monday. The following Monday, the IATSE sits down to negotiate the Basic Agreement -- of which the Animation Guild is no longer a part, having been pushed out of the bargaining unit in 1982 because of a long strike.

Here's the trade papers take regarding the contract talks:

Negotiations will begin Monday for a new contract covering some 38,000 Hollywood-based members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. A strike is considered highly unlikely, as the union has never launched an industry-wide strike and there don’t appear to be any pressing strike issues. As long as the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers doesn’t ask for any major rollbacks and the union doesn’t try to make any major gains beyond the bargaining pattern set in deals ratified last year by the DGA, the WGA and SAG-AFTRA, the talks should wrap up in about two weeks. ...

As it stands now, the Animation Guild's negotiations will happen a couple of months after the Basic Agreement wraps up. The guild will have more negotiation committee meetings to work on proposals before our own talks happen.


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