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Collective Bargaining Agreements - Summer 2022 Updates

Collective Bargaining Agreements - Summer 2022 Updates
July 18, 2022
Collective Bargaining Agreements Update

Labor Relations Key Updates

IATSE Basic Agreement

Wages

Contract wage rates increase by 3% effective July 31, 2022.

Please note the following Local 871 increases:

  • The minimum contract wage rates of the Local #871 Amendment Agreement for all Assistant Production Office Coordinators employed on a television motion picture and all Art Department Coordinators employed on a television motion picture shall be increased to $24.50 per hour effective July 31, 2022.
  • The minimum contract wage rates for Writers' Room Assistants and Script Coordinators employed under the Local #871 (Script Coordinators and Writers' Room Assistants) Agreement shall be increased to $24.50 per hour effective July 31, 2022.

Health Contributions

Effective July 31, 2022, there will be an additional increase of $0.40 per hour for a Producer who qualifies as a “$15 Million Contributor,” and an additional increase of $1.20 per hour for a Producer who does not qualify as a “$15 Million Contributor.”

Note that Employers signatory to the Basic Agreement that identify as a “shop” or “facility” shall make contributions to the Plans at the same rate as Rate Group 48, which shall remain at least $2.00 above the Basic Rate in Article XII(b)(1) of the Basic Agreement.

Increase Benefits for On-Call Employees

Changes to pension and health hourly contributions are as follows:

  • Partial week - thirteen (13) hours per day effective July 31, 2022
  • Five-day week - sixty- five (65) hours per week effective July 31, 2022
  • Six-day week - seventy-seven (77) hours per week effective July 31, 2022
  • Seven-day week - eighty-nine (89) hours per week effective July 31, 2022

IATSE Area Standards Agreement

Wages

Contract wage rates increase by 3% effective July 31, 2022.

Please note the following increases:

  • Modify the “Maryland” and “Non-Maryland” hourly wage rate tables in Appendix A and the Washington D.C. rates in Article 3(A)(3) to provide the following minimum hourly wage rates for Art Department Coordinators and Assistant Production Office Coordinators under the “Television” column:
  • $24.50 per hour effective July 31, 2022.

Fringe Benefit Contributions

Effective July 31, 2022, an additional increase of $6.00 per day.

Mileage

Mileage Allowance

  • Employees employed on a production that commences principal photography on or after July 31, 2022 shall be paid a mileage allowance calculated at the then-current IRS rate. Alternatively, the Employer may make other arrangements with the employee for payment as allowed under applicable law (e.g., car allowance).

Local and Nearby Hires

  • Employees employed on a production that commences principal photography on or after July 31. 2022 shall be paid a mileage allowance calculated at the then current IRS rate. Alternatively, the Employer mav make other arrangements with the employee for payment as allowed under applicable law (e.g., car allowance). If transportation is offered by the Employer, no mileage reimbursement of any kind is required.

Weekly Living Allowance

Effective July 31, 2022, Nearby Hires receive a weekly living allowance of at least $602 per week or $86 per prorated day.

IATSE Videotape Agreement

Wages

Contract wage rates increase 3% increase effective October 2, 2022.

Health Contributions

Effective October 2, 2022, an additional increase of $0.40 per hour for a Producer who qualifies as a “$15 Million Contributor,” and an additional increase of $1.20 per hour for a Producer who does not qualify as a “$15 Million Contributor.”

Local 399 Drivers, Chef Assistants and Chef Assistant-Drivers Agreement

Wages

Contract wage rates increase by 3% effective July 31, 2022.

Please note the following Local 399 increases:

  • Chef Assistant-Drivers employed on long-form productions made for television, or productions made for DVD: $27.50 per hour effective July 31, 2022
  • Chef Assistant-Drivers employed on one-hour and one-half hour television pilots, and the first season of a one-hour television series or new media productions that are subject to Sideletter No. 5 or Sideletter No. 6 of the Black Book: $28.84 per hour effective July 31, 2022.
  • Chef Assistant-Drivers employed on productions other than those described above: $29.50 per hour effective July 31, 2022.
  • Chef Assistants: $24.50 per hour effective July 31, 2022

Health Contributions

Effective July 31, 2022, there will be an additional increase of $0.40 per hour for a Producer who qualifies as a “$15 Million Contributor,” and an additional increase of $1.20 per hour for a Producer who does not qualify as a “$15 Million Contributor.”

Note that Employers signatory that identify as a “shop” or “facility” shall make contributions to the Plans at the same rate as Rate Group 48, which shall remain at least $2.00 above the Basic Rate in Article XII(b)(1) of the Agreement.

IAP Benefits

Chef assistants and chef assistant drivers: two percent (2%) of the scale Regular Basic Hourly Rate of pay for all hours worked by or guaranteed to the employee during the period July 31, 2022 to and including July 29, 2023.

DOT Administrators: five percent (5%) of the scale Regular Basic Hourly Rate of pay for all hours worked by or guaranteed to the employee during the period July 31, 2022 to and including July 29, 2023.

Increase Benefits for On-Call Employees

Changes to pension and health hourly contributions are as follows:

  • Partial week - thirteen (13) hours per day effective July 31, 2022
  • Five-day week - sixty- five (65) hours per week effective July 31, 2022
  • Six-day week - seventy-seven (77) hours per week effective July 31, 2022
  • Seven-day week - eighty-nine (89) hours per week effective July 31, 2022

Local 399 Location Managers Agreement

Wages

Contract wage rates increase by 3% effective July 31, 2022.

Assistant Location Managers: $1,715/week effective July 31, 2022

Health Contributions

Effective July 31, 2022, there will be an additional increase of $0.40 per hour for a Producer who qualifies as a “$15 Million Contributor,” and an additional increase of $1.20 per hour for a Producer who does not qualify as a “$15 Million Contributor.”

Note that Employers signatory that identify as a “shop” or “facility” shall make contributions to the Plans at the same rate as Rate Group 48, which shall remain at least $2.00 above the Basic Rate in Article XII(b)(1) of the Agreement.

Increase Benefits for On-Call Employees

Changes to pension and health hourly contributions are as follows:

  • Partial week - thirteen (13) hours per day effective July 31, 2022
  • Five-day week - sixty- five (65) hours per week effective July 31, 2022
  • Six-day week - seventy-seven (77) hours per week effective July 31, 2022
  • Seven-day week - eighty-nine (89) hours per week effective July 31, 2022

Local 399/817 Casting Directors

Wages

Associate Casting Directors employed on television motion pictures or SVOD Programs (other than SVOD Programs to which theatrical terms and conditions apply) shall be compensated at no less than the minimum wage rate of $24.50 effective October 2, 2022.

Health Contributions

Effective October 2, 2022, there will be an additional increase of $0.40 per hour for a Producer who qualifies as a “$15 Million Contributor,” and an additional increase of $1.20 per hour for a Producer who does not qualify as a “$15 Million Contributor.”

IAP Benefits

Increase to five percent (5%) of the “weekly base rate” noted below effective October 2, 2022, for each full workweek of employment for each Associate Casting Director employed on a theatrical motion picture (or an SVOD Program to which theatrical terms and conditions apply) and five percent (5%) of the "weekly base rate," as defined in the Agreement, for each full workweek of employment for each Casting Director employed by the Employer under this Agreement.

The "weekly base rate," for purposes of calculating the percentage contribution to the Individual Account Plan (irrespective of whether the Casting Director or Associate Casting Director is paid more or less than this amount) shall increase as follows:

  • For Casting Directors employed on a theatrical motion picture (or on an SVOD Program to which theatrical terms and conditions apply): $3,500 effective October 2, 2022.
  • For Casting Directors employed on a television motion picture or on an SVOD Program (other than an SVOD Program to which theatrical terms and conditions apply): $2,800 effective October 2, 2022.
  • For Associate Casting Directors employed on a television or a theatrical motion picture (or on an SVOD Program to which theatrical terms and conditions apply): $1,500 effective October 2, 2022.

The "weekly base rate" shall be prorated at the rate of one-fifth of said amount for each day worked when the Casting Director or Associate Casting Director is employed for less than a full workweek.

Increase Benefits for On-Call Employees

Contributions on behalf of employees engaged on an ‘on-call’ basis shall be based upon sixty-five (65) hours per week effective October 2, 2022, except that for ‘on call’ employees employed for less than a full workweek (i.e., fewer than five (5) days), contributions shall be based upon thirteen (13) hours per day effective October 2, 2022. Contributions on behalf of employees engaged on an hourly basis shall be made for each hour worked or guaranteed.

Local 40, 78, 724, and 755 Agreements

Wages

Contract wage rates increase by 3% effective July 31, 2022.

Health Contributions

Effective July 31, 2022, there will be an additional increase of $0.40 per hour for a Producer who qualifies as a “$15 Million Contributor,” and an additional increase of $1.20 per hour for a Producer who does not qualify as a “$15 Million Contributor.”

Note that Employers signatory that identify as a “shop” or “facility” shall make contributions to the Plans at the same rate as Rate Group 48, which shall remain at least $2.00 above the Basic Rate in Article XII(b)(1) of the Agreement.

Increase Benefits for On-Call Employees

Changes to pension and health hourly contributions are as follows:

  • Partial week - thirteen (13) hours per day effective July 31, 2022
  • Five-day week - sixty- five (65) hours per week effective July 31, 2022
  • Six-day week - seventy-seven (77) hours per week effective July 31, 2022
  • Seven-day week - eighty-nine (89) hours per week effective July 31, 2022

Local 52 Majors Feature and TV Agreement

Wages

Contract wage rates increased by 3% retroactively on May 16, 2021, and there will be an additional 3% increase effective May 15, 2022. (Retroactive payments include increases to the payment of the meal period penalty at the prevailing rate as provided in Section 22(f) of the 2021 Local #52 Majors Agreement.)

Pension and Health Contributions

Part A, Section 12:

Retroactive to August 1, 2021, there was an increase of $0.40 per hour for a Producer who qualifies as a “$15 Million Contributor”. An additional increase of $0.40 per hour is effective July 31, 2022.

Any Employer that does not qualify as a "$15 Million Contributor" shall make contributions to the Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plans at the actual cost per participant per hour rate ("Actual Cost Rate"), as calculated by the Industry Plans.

Part B, Section 31:

Increase the aggregate daily contribution rates to the IATSE National Benefit Funds in Section 31(b) by $6.00 per day retroactive to August 1, 2021 (for a total daily contribution rate of $137.00 under Section 31(b)(1) and $145.00 under current Section 31(b)(2)). This increase shall be allocated to the IATSE National Health and Welfare. Increase the aggregate daily contribution rates to the IATSE National Benefit Funds in Section 31(b) by an additional $6.00 per day effective July 31, 2022 (for a total daily contribution rate of $143.00 under Section 31(b)(1) and $151.00 under Section 31(b)(2)).

Overtime

Please refer to the Paymaster Guidebook or your Paymaster for details on the overtime changes effective for certain pilots, episodes of a series and one-time TV motion pictures which commence principal photography on or after September 11, 2022.

Rest Periods

Please refer to the Paymaster Guidebook or your Paymaster for details on the new rest period provisions for a motion picture, program, part of a mini-series or episode of a series which commences principal photography on or after September 11, 2022.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Effective January 1, 2023, Martin Luther King Jr. Day shall be added as a holiday in the Local #52 Majors Agreement, and the unworked holiday percentage in Part A of the Local #52 Majors Agreement for daily and weekly employees shall increase from 3.719% to 4% commencing with the period January 1, 2023 to and including December 31, 2023 and continuing with the period January 1, 2024 to and including December 31, 2024.

Mileage Allowance

Please refer to the Paymaster Guidebook or your Paymaster for details on the new mileage allowance provisions effective for programs which commence principal photography on or after July 17, 2022.

High Budget SVOD Programs

Please refer to the Paymaster Guidebook or your Paymaster for details on the new provisions for high budget SVOD programs subject to a license agreement entered into on or after August 1, 2022 (or in the absence of a license agreement, the principal photography of which commences on or after August 1, 2022.

Meal Period Penalties

Please refer to the Paymaster Guidebook or your Paymaster for details on the new meal period provisions effective June 12, 2022.

Per Diem and Weekly Living Allowance

The weekly living allowance will increase to $385 per week, or $55 per day prorated, effective May 15, 2022.

The per diem amounts noted below are effective June 12, 2022:

  • Breakfast $10.00
  • Lunch $14.00
  • Dinner $27.00
  • Total Per Diem $51.00

Sick Leave

Please refer to the Paymaster Guidebook or your Paymaster for details on the new sick leave provisions effective June 1, 2022.

Local 52 Majors Supplemental Digital Production Agreement

Wages

Contract wage rates increased by 3% retroactively to October 3, 2021, and there will be an additional 3% increase effective October 2, 2022.

Pension and Health Contributions

MPIPHP: The hourly contribution rate to the Motion Picture Industry Health Plan under Section 12(a)(1)(ii)(A) for a Producer which qualifies as a ‘$15 Million Contributor’ shall increase by forty cents ($0.40) per hour (to $4.913 per hour) for each hour worked by or guaranteed an employee retroactive to October 3, 2021; by an additional forty cents ($0.40) per hour (to $5.313 per hour) for each hour worked by or guaranteed an employee effective October 2, 2022 .

For purposes of the provisions of Section 12, the number of hours on which contributions are to be made for a Set Decorator employed on an ‘on call’ weekly schedule for studio, nearby and distant location employment shall be as follows:

  1. Partial week - (thirteen (13) hours per day effective October 2, 2022
  2. Five-day week - sixty-five (65) hours per week effective October 2, 2022
  3. Six-day week - seventy-seven (77) hours per week effective October 2, 2022
  4. Seven-day week - eighty-nine (89) hours per week effective October 2, 2022

Any Employer that does not qualify as a "$15 Million Contributor" shall make contributions to the Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plans at the actual cost per participant per hour rate ("Actual Cost Rate"), as calculated by the Industry Plans.

IATSE National Benefit Fund: Increase the aggregate daily contribution rates to the IATSE National Benefit Funds in Article 32(a) by $6.00 per day effective October 3, 2021 (for a total daily contribution rate of $137.00 under Article 32(a)(1) and $145.00 under Article 32(a)(2)). This increase shall be allocated to the IATSE National Health and Welfare Fund. Increase the aggregate daily contribution rates to the IATSE National Benefit Funds in Article 32(a) by an additional $6.00 per day effective October 2, 2022 (for a total daily contribution rate of $143.00 under Article 32(a)(1) and $151.00 under Article 32(a)(2)).

Overtime

Please refer to the Paymaster Guidebook or your Paymaster for details on the overtime changes effective for certain pilots, episodes of a series and one-time TV motion pictures which commence principal photography on or after September 11, 2022.

Rest Periods

Please refer to the Paymaster Guidebook or your Paymaster for details on the new rest period provisions for a motion picture, program, part of a mini-series or episode of a series which commences principal photography on or after September 11, 2022.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Effective January 1, 2023, Martin Luther King Jr. Day shall be added as a holiday in the Local #52 SDPA, and the unworked holiday percentage in the Local #52 SDPA for daily and weekly employees shall increase from 3.719% to 4% commencing with the period January 1, 2023 to and including December 31, 2023 and continuing with the period January 1, 2024 to and including December 31, 2024.

Mileage Allowance

Please refer to the Paymaster Guidebook or your Paymaster for details on the new mileage allowance provisions effective for programs which commence principal photography on or after July 17, 2022.

Meal Period Penalties

Please refer to the Paymaster Guidebook or your Paymaster for details on the new meal period provisions effective June 12, 2022.

Sick Leave

Please refer to the Paymaster Guidebook or your Paymaster for details on the new sick leave provisions effective June 1, 2022.

DGA Basic and FLTTA Agreements

Salary Rates

Salary rates will increase effective July 1, 2022. Please refer to the Paymaster Guidebook or your Paymaster for detailed rate information.

Residual Bases

Various residual bases will increase effective July 1, 2022. Please contact our Residuals Department (residualrequests@ep.com) for detailed information.

High Budget SVOD and Basic Cable Budget Thresholds

Please contact your Paymaster for detailed rate information.

FLTTA Production Fee

Amend FLTTA Article 10, Part 2, Section D., Paragraph 10 to increase the maximum production fee owed for any workweek to Associate Directors and Stage Managers employed on non-prime time entertainment programs to $106.00 effective July 1, 2022.

WGA Theatrical and Television Agreement

Wages and Health Plan Diversion

Effective May 2, 2022, pursuant to item 12 of the 2020 WGA MOA, the WGA elected to allocate three-quarter percent (0.75%) of the negotiated increases in certain minimums and one-quarter percent (0.25%) of the negotiated increases in other minimums to the pension contribution rate.

High Budget SVOD Programs

The high budget thresholds noted in the New Media Sideletter will increase for programs 20-35 minutes ($1,030,000 and above) and 36-65 minutes ($1,750,000 and above) effective May 2, 2022.

Non-Affiliate Producers Group & Non-Affiliate Freelance Post- Production Supervisors Group

Health Contributions

Effective July 31, 2022, an additional increase of $0.40 per hour for a Producer who qualifies as a “$15 Million Contributor,” and an additional increase of $1.20 per hour for a Producer who does not qualify as a “$15 Million Contributor.”

Non-Affiliate Accountants Group

Effective July 31, 2022, an additional increase of $0.40 per hour for a Producer who qualifies as a “$15 Million Contributor,” and an additional increase of $1.20 per hour for a Producer who does not qualify as a “$15 Million Contributor.”

IAP Contribution Rates

On-call Employees:

Production Accountants

  • Studio Rate - Total IAP Contribution: $224.59 per week effective July 31, 2022
  • Distant Location Rate - Total IAP Contribution: $290.79 per week effective July 31, 2022

Assistant Production Accountants

  • Studio Rate - Total IAP Contribution: $126.30 per week effective July 31, 2022
  • Distant Location Rate - Total IAP Contribution: $163.02 per week effective July 31, 2022

Hourly Employees:

Production Accountants

  • Studio Rate – Hourly IAP Contribution: $4.01 per hour effective July 31, 2022
  • Distant Location Rate – Hourly IAP Contribution: $5.19 per hour effective July 31, 2022

Assistant Production Accountants

  • Studio Rate – Hourly IAP Contribution: $2.26 per hour effective July 31, 2022
  • Distant Location Rate – Hourly IAP Contribution: $2.91 per hour effective July 31, 2022

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