What’s at Stake?
More than 60,000 entertainment workers across 36 Local IATSE unions voted to authorize a potential strike should the AMPTP and the IATSE be unable to agree on a fair contract at the negotiations table. The IATSE unions have been fighting for long overdue protections, including safe working conditions, adequate turnaround times, livable wages for the lowest paid crafts, addressing streaming inequities, and more.
Their fight is our fight. And it’s imperative that The Animation Guild’s members stand in solidarity with their IATSE kin.
Here are there issues that directly affect the members of Local 839.
The IATSE Basic Agreement directly informs The Animation Guild’s Health and Pension Plan benefits. What does this mean? Whatever is negotiated by the West Coast Locals directly affects the benefits that TAG members receive. We do not negotiate our MPIPHP benefits separately. If they get a bad deal, we get a bad deal.
The Animation Guild benefits from what is known as pattern bargaining. The gains that are made by the unions who negotiate ahead of us inform the proposals that we present to the AMPTP. For example, changing the antiquated rules associated with streaming discounts will help us address New Media pay inequities caused by Sideletter N. Moreover, rates for wage increases locked in by the IATSE have traditionally trickled down to our Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Standing in solidarity is the best way to show the AMPTP that we are stronger together. If we show the employers that we are a divided union, we have no chance of securing gains in our own Collective Bargaining Agreement. Our success hinges on our collective power, and that means standing with our IATSE kin in solidarity.