Rough Draft Animation in Glendale.
For the past few months, we've had an organizing campaign going at Rough Draft Animation, with all the usual stuff: Rep cards handed around. Lunchtime meetings. Letters to the staff.
At noontime today, we had a National Labor Relations Board election at the facility ...
Forty-four artists voted in the election. TAG lost. Decisively.
I'm telling you this because in my experience, labor unions tend not to mention their non-victories because it's, you know, bad P.R.. But I find that wearisome.
As I get older, I think that transparency and forthrightness are better policies. I mean, it's kind of hypocritical to decry shiftiness in other organizations if you're shifty yourself, right?
Suffice it to say unions win elections and lose elections. This time, sadly, The Animation Guild was on the fuzzy end of the popsicle stick.
So Rough Draft will continue to operate as a non-union animation studio, and we'll work to change their minds some other time.