IATSE will begin pension and healthcare negotiations in March, taking the first step towards negotiations with the Animation Guild later this year


The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) will work with Hollywood Basic Crafts to begin negotiating its motion picture pension and health insurance proposals with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) in March.

Why is this important for animation? After pension and health plan negotiations are completed, IATSE will begin negotiating its Basic Agreement and Territorial Standards Agreement with the AMPTP. This is significant for animation staff as The Animation Guild will not begin work on their new contract until the IATSE negotiations are complete.

What key issues will the two unions address in these initial negotiations? As with the DGA, WGA and SAG-AFTRA negotiations last year, residual streaming revenue will be a key focus of the discussions. Unlike arrangements secured by the WGA, DGA and SAG-AFTRA, balances are not paid directly to crew members, but rather serve as a funding mechanism for the joint motion picture pension and health insurance plans. Other priorities cited by unions include increasing pension reserves and combating any cuts to health insurance.

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