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How Animation Production Workers Are Fighting For Unionisation

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The medium of animation has been making massive strides in recent months when it comes to unionisation. Individuals from myriad studios and various disciplines have been fighting for contracts that promise better working conditions, essential healthcare, and a working lifestyle that doesn’t take advantage of them.

Artists, writers, and other professionals in the industry are taking positive steps forward, but in the wake of it all production workers are sometimes left behind.

Many of the creators I’ve spoken to across the industry are tired and in need of change, with several generations of professionals banding together and coming to realise that change is possible, and there’s nothing stopping them from standing up to the status quo and seeking to make a difference.

With any luck, we’re headed in the right direction. Related: The Owl House Changed The Landscape Of Queer Animation Last month saw production workers across The Simpsons, Family Guy, and American Dad recognised by The Animation Guild, IATSE Local 839 as they begin bargaining for their first union contract.

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