Posted by Jon on April 10, 2000 at 21:56:44:
In Reply to: What's this "Union"? posted by Steve on April 10, 2000 at 19:26:16:
My understanding is that the MPSCG Local 809 started around the 40's or 50's, as a result of managerial greed. Animators had been basically working for love and discovery up till then - they had been a part of a very exciting movement in America that brought animation out of the Stone Age - but during that Golden Age, they saw (or were shown) the money the studios were making off of their efforts, and they felt they should get a piece of that action. I believe they struck Disney first - as an animator/owner, he was heart-broken, but eventually they came to terms.
That same mentality - "we want a piece of the action" - has probably replaced the love and discovery. But coming to terms with today's economy almost requires a whole new approach ... I think. I kind of LIKE the non-business aspect of animation.
Unions work to guarantee good wages for non-professionals. They would probably say they work on animators' behalf to mind the business aspect of the work, so animators can be free to enjoy the art of their work. If that's the case, they probably need to totally rethink what they're doing, because the industry in the 40's bears almost no resemblance to the industry in the 21st century.
Except for the managerial greed part.
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