This year, Hollywood has been dominated by industrial action, with the actor’s and writer’s strikes and, most recently, with the VFX workers at Marvel voting to become part of a union; now it’s the turn of the production workers at Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Today, the Animation Guild announced on social media, that the production workers at Walt Disney Animation Studios, who are behind recent films like “Encanto”, “Strange World”, and the upcoming film “Wish”, have voted in favour of joining a union that IATSE and the Animation Guild will represent for collective bargaining.
Congratulations to the production workers at Disney Feature Animation! Today, they voted in an election to be represented by @IATSE and TAG. With 96% voter turnout, 93% voted yes!!! Let’s celebrate!
IATSE also took to social media to confirm the news:
BREAKING: Production Department Workers at Disney Feature Animation have unionized by an overwhelming margin!!!!!
Workers across the industry continue organizing at an unprecedented pace during the ongoing film/tv work stoppages.
This union will cover sixty-three employees, including production coordinators, production managers and production supervisors. They have been voting in a National Labor Relations Board ballot since mid-October. Other workers at the studios, including managers, confidential employees, guards, and supervisors, are not part of the deal. If neither of the parties files an objection to the result in five days, the union will be certified, and labour and management can begin bargaining a first contract.