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Titmouse New York workers unanimously ratify first union agreement


Animation staff Harriet the spy studio Mees New York have signed their first union contract.

One hundred percent of the negotiating unit voted to green-light the deal, which was reached on April 26 by trade union and management negotiators. approximately 113 employees, including directors, storyboard artists, prop designers, and 3D modellers, among others. The agreement marks TAG’s first contract endorsement outside of LA County.

“We are proud of the Mees artists in New York and support them as we move into the future together,” Titmouse founder and president Chris Prynoski said in a statement.

TAG company representative Steve Kaplan added, “Animation workers across the country deserve the opportunity to have a voice in creating their working conditions. The Mees NY crew is the first of what I expect will be many animation studios to find their crews interested in sharing those decisions.

The contract set wage floor limits for various job classifications and included “a general wage increase across the board,” the union said. The deal additionally establishes a guaranteed number of daily working hours, codifies 6th and 7th day overtime and includes Golden Hour language. Nine paid vacation days were included as standard along with 11 paid vacation days. The studio agreed to allow remote work on a case-by-case basis.

Mees New York voluntarily recognized his union in early 2022 after a card count showed that more than 90 percent of eligible employees had signed representation cards. Workers at the time said they wanted to address “unrealistic” schedules, set wage floor limits, improve health benefits, and review overtime and job descriptions. Because the group at Mees united in a union, The Animation Guild then organized workers Show the news in New York and tried to expand to Texas at Powerhouse Animation Studios in Austin.

Titmouse New York organizing committee member Dan Pinto said in a statement: “This is a huge win for our studio, for the New York animation scene, and for animation and production staff across the country. This is just the beginning.”

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