The Animation Association is trying to further expand the union’s footprint in New York with a new effort to organize Paramount+’s Stephen Colbert presents an introduction to the newsGuild revealed on Thursday.
Provide news workers will present to management with a request for voluntary recognition on Thursday and further file a union election petition with the National Labor Relations Board. TAG hopes to include 38 workers, in roles including character designer, graphic artist and operator, in the union. The association asserts that it has majority support in this workforce for the union.
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The effort in the news satirical animated series co-created and executive produced by Stephen Colbert is only the second organizing effort by Burbank-based IATSE Local in New York in recent history. Earlier this year, TAG won voluntary recognition for a union at New York studio Titmouse (Harriet the Spy). without union representation for about 30 years, since the merger between The Motion Picture Screen Cartoonists (IATSE Local 841) and another IATSE Local in 1988.
Based on Provide news digital animator Indra Rodies, as part of the team’s negotiating committee, the union dynamics at Paramount+ have been in development for over a year and are particularly inspired by the breakthrough of TAG enters the East Coast with Titmouse New York. “We are the only division in LNC [Late Night Cartoons, the CBS subsidiary producing the show] currently unfederated, so we hope to join writers, producers and editors etc, making Late Night Cartoons a sustainable place to work for creators incredibly talented cartoonists have joined us over the years,” said Rodies.
Animation Guild organizer Ben Speight said the workers involved in the race don’t currently have health care or retirement benefits, paid time off or overtime protection. He added that, with a union push, workers will also fight for a raise. “But in reality, it’s about having a seat on the table around that stuff and a lot of other things,” Speight said. “Many issues involve having a say in the production and just making sure they’re heard.”
Animation Guild currently has other programs under the umbrella of ViacomCBS under a union contract, such as WILLtar Trek: Downstairss, but are all based in the Los Angeles area. Rodies says that New York City is a “Wild West” for animation talent and argues, “the alliance will help stabilize the animation market in New York City and provide a great impetus for artists.” talent considers New York City as a legitimate workplace. “
“Our primary goal is to make New York City a sustainable place for animators to thrive and be able to do the creative work we’ve been doing in LA and elsewhere,” Rodies said.