UPDATE: TAG MASTER AGREEMENT RATIFIES
We are pleased to announce that The Animation Guild’s members have voted to ratify the 2021-2024 Animation Guild Master Agreement. Of the valid votes cast, 87% were in favor of ratification. What’s even more impressive is the historic turnout of the vote – the number of TAG members who cast a ballot more than tripled since the last ratification vote.
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The Animation Guild reached a tentative agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) on May 26, 2022. This came after almost a month’s worth of negotiation days spread out between November of 2021 to May of 2022. These have been some of the most focused and member-led negotiations in the Guild’s history.
Some gains that TAG achieved include improved New Media conditions, retroactive wage increases, significant gains for animation writers, the addition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a covered holiday, the establishment of a Labor-Management Cooperative Committee to address studio-specific issues, and paving a path forward for Union-covered remote work.
Below is information to inform you about our tentative contract and ratification.
Preparing for Ratification
Remember this is a tentative agreement, and the membership now determines whether they accept the terms. Ratification is the step where active TAG members in good standing vote on whether or not to accept the contract agreement.
Voting will be done by internet or over the phone between June 20th and July 1st, 2022. Results will be announced on July 5th. To ensure that as many members as possible vote, please review the following items to make sure you are eligible:
We need your current email address to send you your voting ballot. If you think we have an old address, please update your address using this form.
If you are a member on Withdrawal and would like to become an Active member to vote, this must be done by 2pm on June 22, 2022. Email email@example.com to find out what dues you owe and be reinstated.
It is essential that we have a majority voting turnout. Our voting numbers show the employers how invested we are in the bargaining process and contract. Small numbers diminish our power as a unified organization and can impact our ability to bargain a successful contract in the future.
Ratification is the step where the Union members vote on whether to accept the contract agreement. The current agreement is tentative and requires a majority vote of the members to implement. Once ratified, the tentative agreement will be accepted, and the new terms will be in place for the 3-year duration of the agreement (from Aug. 1, 2021 through and including July 31, 2024).
According to our Constitution and By-Laws, all TAG members who are Active and in Good Standing are eligible to vote for ratification. In order to become an active member in good standing of The Animation Guild:
- You must completely pay the application fee and all dues, initiation fees, and assessments so that no monies are owed to The Animation Guild.
- You must complete and return the paper membership application form to The Animation Guild. The form will be processed by the Guild office and sent to our parent union, the IATSE office in New York. (Please note this can take 30 days.)
- The IATSE office in New York must approve the application and send it back to the Guild office.
- Once all dues and fees are paid, and all membership application processing is completed by both offices, individuals become members in good standing.
- In order to have your ballot counted, you must have paid any outstanding balances to the Guild by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions about payment procedure.
The American Arbitration Association (AAA), which is the judge of the election, will email Active members in Good Standing contract information and voting instructions using the email address on file with The Animation Guild on June 20th. A Memorandum of Agreement detailing the contract changes will be posted on The Animation Guild website for all members to read. Voting will be done by internet or over the phone between June 20th and July 1st. The window for voting will be open for two weeks, and votes will be tallied to determine the result.
If you are currently on Withdrawal, you will need to reinstate and pay any accompanying fees and dues that are required. Once you are reinstated, you will become an Active member. Please email email@example.com and request to be added to the voting list.
The Negotiating Committee voted overwhelmingly to recommend ratification. They feel this is a good deal overall that addresses key concerns raised by members. Please review statements submitted by the Negotiations Committee here.
If the contract is not ratified, there are no guaranteed outcomes. The Negotiations Committee will have to determine the will of the membership and attempt to return to the bargaining table. There is no way to predict how long this new process would take or if any further progress could be made. Should the agreement not be ratified, the membership should be aware and prepared that a strike will be needed to get better results than we did during bargaining.
In recent history, we found no entertainment union contract that failed to ratify. The 2006 and the 2021 IATSE Basic Agreements and the 2009 SAG Theatrical & TV Agreement were debated, but both agreements ratified.
Not voting means your voice will not be heard on the ratification decision. You are essentially sitting this decision out and letting others make your choice for you. Only cast votes—Yes or No—will be counted. Also, a low voting turnout signals to the employers that our membership isn’t invested in the bargaining process and the contract. It diminishes our power as a unified organization and can impact our ability to bargain a successful contract in the future. Part of your responsibility as a member of the Local is to vote. Please encourage your colleagues to vote too!