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Animation Guild Ratifies Deal with Hollywood Producers

Producers and the local union of animators had agreed back in June

The Animation Guild has ratified its latest collective bargaining agreement with Hollywood producers, the local union announced on Friday.

The deal, which runs from Aug. 1 to July 31, 2015, calls for a two percent wage increase, as well as a series of benefits, such as health and pension.

The Animation Guild is local union 139 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and represents 2,600 artists, writers and technicians employed in the animation industry.

“We’re gratified with the level of support this contract received,” business representative Steve Hulett said in a statement. “The contract talks were not easy, and the negotiation committee wondered at times if we would ever reach a conclusion.”

The guild had walked out of talks in April before returning to the table in June. The guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers then agreed to the deal in June, leaving this ratification vote as the sole remaining obstacle. 

The vote was 86.7 percent in favor, 13.3 percent against.