Animators On the Hulu alien sitcom Solar Opposites have voted to join The Animation Guild (IATSE Local 839) in a National Labor Relations Board election. After management at Hulu declined to “voluntarily recognize a requested bargaining unit,” workers filed a petition to host a formal election with the National Labor Relations Board. Solar Opposites production manager Kallan Zimmerman said that production workers “have been underappreciated and under-compensated for far too long” and that “it’s time for us to have a seat at the table alongside our artist colleagues.” Bell added, “I’m excited to unite with my coworkers in production who work so hard in these shows, to join forces with the artists at TAG, and to work towards getting the recognition and the benefits that we deserve.”
The Animation Guild first announced the news on Twitter on Thursday. “We did it!!!” tweeted Solar Opposites production coordinator Dana Bell, who added, “Huge thank you to everyone for all the support, especially all the artists on RAM [Rick and Morty] and Solar who always had our backs, our shop stewards @teddyoconnor and Elisa, our organizer, and everybody who showed support!! Very proud of this moment.”
The Animation Guild now represents production workers at Titmouse L.A., Rick and Morty, and Solar Opposites. “It will be the first time in recent history that the Guild will cover such workers,” says one Guild representative.
– Excerpt from an article for Hollywood Reporter by Katie Kilkenny. Read the full article here.
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