File workers to organize with animation guild – The Hollywood Reporter

Nearly two months after their colleagues in New York successfully unionized, production workers at Titmouse Los Angeles have asked to be represented in labor negotiations by The Animation Guild.

The petition for a union election was filed with the National Labor Relations Board on February 28, but TAG (IATSE Local 839) says in a press release that “The Animation Guild has been in communication with Titmouse management, and together they are working for a path to voluntary recognition.(The New York union has been voluntarily recognized.) If the union is certified by the NLRB, Titmouse would have IATSE unionized workers at all of its sites, says the union, as the New York and Vancouver offices already have IATSE-represented workers.

In a statement, Titmouse Founder and President Chris Prynoski said, “We support our Titmouse production workers in Los Angeles and are excited to move forward together! While we are working with IATSE on a union contract for our LA-based production employees, this will build on our union agreements for our studios in LA, NY and Vancouver.

The desired bargaining unit includes 69 workers in roles such as production managers, production supervisors, script coordinators, storyboard coordinators, production coordinators, writing assistants and assistants, among others. TAG recently revealed that they are organizing production workers on rick and morty and solar opposites; these workers filed a petition with the NLRB in late February after an application for voluntary recognition was denied, according to the union.

“I want to make the future of production sustainable and accessible to everyone, and negotiate as a collective
unionization allows us to have a seat at the table for the future of animation production,” production assistant Jocelyn Montoya said in a statement. “It’s time the production received recognition and equal treatment for their hard work and here’s a chance for Titmouse LA to exemplify what it looks like when a studio is truly unified.”

When Titmouse New York management voluntarily recognized its TAG affiliate union, it was the first time the Guild had expanded outside of Los Angeles County. Its Canadian counterpart, IATSE Local 938, was formerly union animation workers at Titmouse Vancouver.

The Animation Guild is currently negotiating with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) on a new framework agreement. Members said on social media that the salaries of animation writers and color designers, as well as the schedules and compensation of story artists and timing directors, are key issues for the union during the of this round of talks.

March 2, 11:27 a.m. Updated with a comment from Titmouse Founder and President, Chris Prynoski.

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