Perhaps you wondered what that card and envelope were on your desk last week.
It was an IATSE Representation Card. Its a small document that is your lever to get yourself better health and pension benefits, and an overall better deal with your employer.
Perhaps you’re wondering why it was put there, who is responsible, and why you should care.
Glad you asked.
We are a group of your colleagues who’ve decided that the time has come to stand for a better VFX industry. As many of you have, we’ve watched as the industry has marginalized who we are by using us as pawns in the “Race To The Bottom” game. We struggle to maintain a livable lifestyle as VFX Professionals while being asked to shoulder burdens that should be the responsibility of the studios or producers to bear. We’ve wondered how others in the entertainment industry have been able to cope in the face of these strange times, and came to the realization ..
.. they all have a union to fight for their needs.
That union provides workplace standards that belong across the vfx industry. That union provides portable health and pension benefits that would increase the quality of life for vfx artists. That union focuses the voices of its members to get employers to listen to, discuss and agree to those conditions and more.
We feel the time has come for vfx artists to join the ranks of the rest of the unionized entertainment professionals and that Imageworks is the best place to start. Sony currently enjoys a long-standing and mutually beneficial relationship with the IATSE for most of its working professionals, including our colleagues at SPA. Unionization of its visual effects artists could not only help Sony in its pursuit for profit, but could be the deciding factor in making Sony stand out among the group of entertainment conglomerates as the most profitable and worker friendly.
We are asking that you fill out those representation cards and send them back to The Animation Guild. (Didn’t get a Rep Card? Click the page link at the top.) We ask that you discover what the union is and why unionization is important by visiting this and The Animation Guild’s websites regularly. We want you to understand how unionization is the best way we can secure a better and stronger industry for us all.