Marvel Studios VFX Employees Filing Unionization Paperwork with IATSE

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The hardworking employees that make up Marvel’s VFX crews have decided to unionize with the National Labor Relations Board, and they have chosen to be represented by IATSE. Positions such as production designers/art directors, camera operators, sound, editors, hair & makeup artists, costumes/wardrobe, script supervisors, grips, lighting, props and painters long have been represented by IATSE in film and television, but workers in VFX classifications historically have not.

IATSE President Matthew Loeb said of the filing:

“We are witnessing an unprecedented wave of solidarity that’s breaking down old barriers in the industry and proving we’re all in this fight together. That doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Entertainment workers everywhere are sticking up for each other’s rights, that’s what our movement is all about. I congratulate these workers on taking this important step and using their collective voice.”

According to the union, “this marks the first time VFX professionals have joined together to demand the same rights and protections as their unionized colleagues in the film industry.”

Mark Patch, IATSE’s VFX organizer, stated:

“For almost half a century, workers in the visual effects industry have been denied the same protections and benefits their coworkers and crewmates have relied upon since the beginning of the Hollywood film industry. This is a historic first step for VFX workers coming together with a collective voice demanding respect for the work we do.”

VFX coordinator Bella Huffman highlighted some of the issues facing VFX workers.

“Turnaround times don’t apply to us, protected hours don’t apply to us, and pay equity doesn’t apply to us,” she said. “Visual effects must become a sustainable and safe department for everyone who’s suffered far too long and for all newcomers who need to know they won’t be exploited.”

The union notes that the filing for a union election “comes at a pivotal moment in the film and television industry” amidst ongoing strikes by the Writers Guild and SAG-AFTRA. The WGA has been on strike since May 2, and SAG-AFTRA since July 14.

Good for them. I hope they get the rights they’re entitled to.

via: Crumpe

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