Re: The "S" Word

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Posted by sam on February 14, 2000 at 15:56:00:

In Reply to: The "S" Word posted by Charles on February 14, 2000 at 14:47:46:

when a studio in manila is charging $7.50 per foot
for animation thru clean-up, as well as ink and paint
for one of the most prolific studios on the planet
and top artists there are making good money (for the philipines)
at 300US to 400US, how do we go about leveling the playing field?
of course there is always an obvious difference in the
quality of the product, but many producer type folks
are required to get the best bang for the buck. and
the common animators who do the bulk of the work, not
the elite, bear the brunt.

sounds like the union needs some seriously ingenuity
behind it. do they have anyone in their ranks that
has the balls to take a stand? i read that letter
that steve hulett wrote to his california reps about
the runaway production problems. that was pathetic!
it had the obligatory tone to it. no real conviction
behind it.

: The Union is going to have an important meeting tomorrow night. The subject of discussion, I believe, will be the runaway production problem that is severely affecting the industry here in LA.

: Fox has laid off the overwhelming majority of its creative staff in Phoenix.

: Warner Brothers TV has given the pink slip to many of its remaining artists. Disney TV is operating with a skeleton creative crew. Sony Colmubia TriStar has also laid off many artists recently. Don't forget the layoffs and disbandonment of the studios Disney opened in Canada.

: In almost every instance, management has not been affected and if it has, in a manner that is grossly disproportionate to the decimation that their poor planning and selfishness has caused.

: Are Union people upset about this? Of course they are. So are independent artists. Is the Union going to protest the biased, discriminatory practices of this industry's inane management? Are they going to take to take to the streets and make an issue of the biggest single problem that this industry is facing? No, they're not. Why? Because they'll be in breach of the contract they signed. The one that gave away their right to a formal protest.

: I'm not advocating a strike by any means, but I certainly do advocate the right to strike. It should be sacrosanct for every union in the country. It is so important, it is worth striking for.

: So what's the story, Union artists? Are you willing to fight for your most basic of rights? How about the "golden shackles" club here in LA. You know who you are. Are you willing to fight for your right to formally protest? For the right of your brothers and sisters to protest? Are you willing to pressure IATSE into writing this into your contract? Are you going to lead? Follow? Get out of the way?

: How about animation artists across North America? You Canadians - are you going to accept work that's farmed out to you because your colleagues in the states are standing up for us all? If not, you're next on the list. Studios in India are gearing up to compete with you. The minimum wage in the Philippines is $7.50 a week. Willing to work for the same?

: The Union's contract expires this July. If North American animation artists don't get themselves together, especially the ones in LA, then you all deserve the future that's waiting for you.

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