The Animation Guild Rally today was inspiring ✊thank you to our incredible organizers and committee members for all that you’re doing! It’s time for #NewDeal4Animation 😤👏 #Rally4Animation
Remember: Without our work- these companies have no shows + movies to make millions off of.
incredibly fired up after the #Rally4Animation! 1000+ workers and allies showing solidarity – together the union is strong pic.twitter.com/pMDMYZSREF
— Cassey Kuo (@sleepy_kc) March 21, 2022
In previous articles – here and here – we’ve covered some of the issues that industry workers are trying to have addressed in their new three-year contract. TAG-represented workers have been working without a contract since last July, when the previous three-year contract expired.
— Bill Wolkoff (@flying_lobster) March 20, 2022
— Michael Rianda (@michaelrianda) March 20, 2022
They’re powerless without us.
Dont ever let them forget that. pic.twitter.com/esWG60xMNk
The Animation Guild’s solidarity rally held yesterday in Burbank, California, recorded a strong and spirited turnout. Organizers didn’t have a firm number of the turnout, but various numbers from the organizers have put the range between 300 to 900 people.
TAG organizer and field representative Ben Speight told THR that “there’s a lot of distance” between animation workers and the AMPTP.
How many studios worth of @animationguild members would you say this is? 👀 pic.twitter.com/adDKoViZhd
— Animation Guild Writers (@TAGwriters) March 20, 2022
— Louie Zong (@everydaylouie) March 21, 2022
I ran car painting at the Animation Guild’s first #Rally4Animation! So great to see so many volunteers, allies, and doggies supporting our fight for a #NewDeal4Animation. pic.twitter.com/A1NIcHAPgo
The rally was held in support of ongoing negotiations between The Animation Guild (TAG) IATSE Local 839, which represents animation workers, and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), representing film and television studios. Contract talks began last November, and the two sides have negotiated for an “unprecedented” twelve days, but have as yet been unable to reach an agreement. A new round of negotiations is set to begin tomorrow.
Sydney Sharp speaking powerfully about the issues storyboard artists face at the #Rally4Animation pic.twitter.com/oNV5OipNBj
— The Animation Guild (@animationguild) March 20, 2022
In addition to speeches from union leadership and various workers, short speeches in support of the union were given by Burbank vice mayor Konstantine Anthony and Burbank council member Nick Schultz.
So incredible to see a bunch of familiar faces in person too 🥺 pic.twitter.com/iFGQqlJz8f
Some of the flavor of yesterday’s rally can be found on social media from those who attended the event. We’ve collected some of those tweets below:
TAG Writers committee head @MairghreadScott is on fire at the #Rally4Animation pic.twitter.com/uND7aZOcdx
— nora meek #NewDeal4Animation (@misterslunchy) March 21, 2022
The Animation Guild has not held a rally of this sort since the animation labor strike of the early 1980s. Labor organizer Jane McAlevey described last weekend’s rally to The Hollywood Reporter as a “structure test,” adding that, “We’re trying to see how many TAG members and our allies would show up when there is a call to action.”
Some of the cars I painted for #Rally4Animation pic.twitter.com/l8ROLFthJe
Look at that crowd! #AnimationGuild President Jeanette Moreno King proudly serves these engaged members who attended the rally in solidarity #NewDeal4Animation #Rally4Animation pic.twitter.com/eoUwcDc85v
It was genuinely moving seeing such a huge turn out with so many friends at the #Rally4Animation!
Photo at top via Animation Guild Writers Twitter account