Disney Animation Employees Maintain Solidarity Stroll for Union Bid

At the moment (Monday, April 3) at midday, The Animation Guild management and Walt Disney Animation Studios artists joined Walt Disney Animation Studios manufacturing employees in a Solidarity Stroll at Disney Studios. A supermajority of the manufacturing employees has expressed curiosity in being represented by the Union, and the stroll was in response to studio management’s refusal to voluntarily acknowledge the organizing effort and their exclusion of particular job classes, particularly manufacturing managers and manufacturing supervisors.

Greater than 100 animation manufacturing employees and artists gathered on the Roy E. Disney Animation Constructing to listen to phrases of help from The Animation Guild’s Enterprise Consultant Steve Kaplan. The group then walked the perimeter of the studio lot, alongside Riverside Drive, Buena Vista Avenue and Alameda Avenue to the doorway of the Michael D. Eisner Constructing, the place a gaggle of 12 representatives introduced a petition to Mark Stubbington, Vice President, Labor Relations Counsel, Walt Disney Photos and Tv. The solidarity petition was signed by greater than 10,000 animators, manufacturing employees and supporters.

“This can be a historic day the place The Animation Guild members are backing a gaggle of people who find themselves in search of to realize voluntary recognition from the corporate. It’s disappointing that the corporate is placing us able to should justify what they’ve already supplied different managers and supervisors throughout the leisure business,” Kaplan acknowledged. “I’m proud to have the ability to stand with the group right now to indicate that there’s a majority of help for illustration.”

Guild Business Representative Steve Kaplan speaks to the crowd
Guild Enterprise Consultant Steve Kaplan speaks to the gang on the April 3 Disney manufacturing employees Solidary Stroll.

Of their push to hitch the Union, the manufacturing employees are demanding an finish to unsustainable office practices equivalent to low wages, unpaid extra time and unrealistic schedules. Whereas the petition was being introduced, manufacturing employees and Animation Guild members gave speeches to the gang.

“[Disney] is aware of there are literally thousands of folks like me prepared to take a pay reduce to comply with their desires, they usually have taken benefit of it for lengthy sufficient. It’s time for manufacturing administration to be handled because the expert craft that it’s. And time for us to be paid an affordable wage for the price of residing in Los Angeles,” mentioned stroll participant Jillian Howell, a manufacturing coordinator. “I’ve a profession working for profitable films which might be recognized throughout the globe, which might be merchandised and revenue effectively. I mustn’t should dog-sit and borrow cash from my mother and father with the intention to make ends meet.”

Disney Production Workers
Disney manufacturing employees, April 3, 2023.

Justin Weber, animator, Disney Store Steward and a Guild Board Member, asserted, “Our manufacturing co-workers deserve a seat on the desk identical to the remainder of the artists and technical administrators, and we stand proudly with them in solidarity as they rightfully demand illustration.”

The Animation Guild, also called Native 839 of the Worldwide Alliance of Theatrical Stage Staff (IATSE), was based in 1952. The labor union represents greater than 5,000 artists, technicians and writers within the animation business, advocating for employees to enhance wages and situations.