Posted by Charles on February 14, 2000 at 23:30:37:
In Reply to: Re: The "S" Word posted by edgar on February 14, 2000 at 19:09:10:
The strike of 1982 was a big loss for the Union, but it wasn't devastating. The industry grew afterwards and even though work was shipped overseas, the animation boom of the past decade made for a jolly good time. Lots of new faces joined the Union and it expanded to its largest membership in history. They had a good thing going and didn't feel like rocking the boat. That's no excuse for a no-strike clause, especially at a time when artists were writing their own tickets. The Union focused their efforts on getting Nickelodeon to crack instead of repositioning themselves from the 1982 fiasco. It was more important to keep the money coming in from new members than it was to strengthen the Union's fundamental foundation by challenging the studios. They spent their energy rhetorically attacking non-union artists instead of preparing for the future and leading the way. Too bad, really.
When members today ask them why we can't strike or protest what's going on, IATSE blames it on the membership for losing in '82, even though most people working in the industry weren't around back then. Very lame. If the Union was actually run by animation artists, it might be a different story but the front office is manned by IATSE employees. IATSE is the mother union that oversees many locals involved in entertainment production. The president and executive board of Local 839 are all volunteers who tow the party line. IATSE wants to control the membership. Another instance of animation artists allowing their power to be compromised.
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