Disney Animation Employees Maintain Solidarity Stroll for Union Bid

At present (Monday, April 3) at midday, The Animation Guild management and Walt Disney Animation Studios artists joined Walt Disney Animation Studios manufacturing staff in a Solidarity Stroll at Disney Studios. A supermajority of the manufacturing staff has expressed curiosity in being represented by the Union, and the stroll was in response to studio management’s refusal to voluntarily acknowledge the organizing effort and their exclusion of particular job classes, particularly manufacturing managers and manufacturing supervisors.

Greater than 100 animation manufacturing staff and artists gathered on the Roy E. Disney Animation Constructing to listen to phrases of help from The Animation Guild’s Enterprise Consultant Steve Kaplan. The group then walked the perimeter of the studio lot, alongside Riverside Drive, Buena Vista Road and Alameda Road to the doorway of the Michael D. Eisner Constructing, the place a bunch of 12 representatives introduced a petition to Mark Stubbington, Vice President, Labor Relations Counsel, Walt Disney Footage and Tv. The solidarity petition was signed by greater than 18,000 animators, manufacturing staff and supporters.

“It is a historic day the place The Animation Guild members are backing a bunch of people who find themselves in search of to achieve voluntary recognition from the corporate. It’s disappointing that the corporate is placing us ready to should justify what they’ve already supplied different managers and supervisors throughout the leisure business,” Kaplan said. “I’m proud to have the ability to stand with the group as we speak to point out that there’s a majority of help for illustration.”

Guild Business Representative Steve Kaplan speaks to the crowd
Guild Enterprise Consultant Steve Kaplan speaks to the gang on the April 3 Disney manufacturing staff Solidary Stroll.

Of their push to affix the Union, the manufacturing staff are demanding an finish to unsustainable office practices similar to low wages, unpaid extra time and unrealistic schedules. Whereas the petition was being introduced, manufacturing staff and Animation Guild members gave speeches to the gang.

“[Disney] is aware of there are millions of folks like me keen to take a pay reduce to observe their desires, and so they have taken benefit of it for lengthy sufficient. It’s time for manufacturing administration to be handled because the expert craft that it’s. And time for us to be paid an inexpensive wage for the price of dwelling in Los Angeles,” mentioned stroll participant Jillian Howell, a manufacturing coordinator. “I’ve a profession working for profitable films which can be recognized throughout the globe, which can be merchandised and revenue effectively. I shouldn’t should dog-sit and borrow cash from my dad and mom with the intention to make ends meet.”

Disney Production Workers
Disney manufacturing staff, April 3, 2023.

Justin Weber, animator, Disney Store Steward and a Guild Board Member, asserted, “Our manufacturing co-workers deserve a seat on the desk similar to the remainder of the artists and technical administrators, and we stand proudly with them in solidarity as they rightfully demand illustration.”

The Animation Guild, often known as Native 839 of the Worldwide Alliance of Theatrical Stage Workers (IATSE), was based in 1952. The labor union represents greater than 5,000 artists, technicians and writers within the animation business, advocating for staff to enhance wages and circumstances.


Correction: A earlier model of this story said the solidarity petition was signed by greater than 10,000 people — this determine has been up to date per new data from TAG.