Animation Guild secures new contract

Animation Guild negotiates a new contract

Animators who work on such shows as "The Simpsons," "Bob's Burgers" and "Uncle Grandpa" are in line for a modest pay raise.

Some 3,100 members of the Animation Guild will receive a 3% annual increase in wage minimums under a new three-year contract negotiated by the union.

The Animation Guild said it had reached an agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers on Wednesday after three days of bargaining.

The pact, which runs from Aug. 1 through July 31, 2018, is patterned after similar deals negotiated by unions representing writers, directors, actors and crew members who work on film sets.

The proposed contract, which must be approved by members before it is ratified, also includes a 10% increase in pension benefits for individuals retiring after Aug. 1 and higher health and pension contributions for freelance storyboard artists and timing directors, the union said in a statement.

The agreement also establishes wage minimums for shows produced at a certain budget level that are distributed on subscription-based video-on-demand services such as Netflix and Amazon.

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