The upcoming new agreement between AICP commercial producers and IATSE Local 52 Studio Mechanics puts in place wage scale increases, benefit contribution rates and meal allowance increases, while also standardizing low budget agreements, adding First Aid workers to covered employees, and adding Bethpage Long Island facilities to the Studio Zone.

Current wage scales will remain in effect until December 29, when the minimum daily call will go up by $5 for one day only. Then on December 30, rates will be increased by 4% across the board, based on the December 29 minimum daily call rates. On December 1, 2013, rates will be increased again, by 2%.

Benefit contributions for employees working in the New York City Zone will have contributions made to MPIPHP at the current rate of $10.632 per hour, plus 6% of scale hourly rate to Individual Account Plans (IAP). Contributions for employees working in the Philadelphia Zone will increase to $95 per day on December 30. All employees working outside both the New York City Zone and Philadelphia Zone will have their contributions increased to $80 per day.

The deadline for AICP member companies to sign the new agreement is February 15, 2013.