The Devil Made Me Do It

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Posted by Jon on March 07, 2000 at 20:06:55:

I have a confession to make.

Whereas I have playfully endorsed Charles' upcoming April meeting as "Strike Day 2000" ... I hope all of you union animators understand what a disastrous move a strike would be for you. The only ones who would benefit from a Strike would be Canadian studios, certain Asian studios ... and independent, non-union shops like mine.

As a non-union animator, I have absolutely no right to talk about union actions or to advocate anything regarding your contract. On this forum I have the right (or privilege) to be able to express opinions, but if they stir up fellow animators to do something detrimental to the industry, for the sake of personal gain, that's just plain evil. I abused my privilege in that regard.

The best thing for this industry, in my opinion, would be if the Union was able to structure a new deal and a positive new relationship with the Big Studios, whereby a new trust is formed, with a sensitivity to the business pressures faced by the Studios. Your leadership can make all the difference. Take the initiative.

Charles may call his meeting whatever he wants, but I look forward to addressing, as a unified group, proposals to strengthen the American animation industry and thereby securing a future for animators on these shores.

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