A couple clicks down, somebody makes a statement I hear from time to time. I was going to answer it in comments, but I've opted to do a tutorial here ...
Commenter: ... It's common that Animation Artists are working 10-14 hour days without overtime at union shops because the union has no balls.
Me: Since you apparently live in dark ignorance (whoever you are), allow me to throw light on this subject ...
Over the years, I've had various union artists complain to me about working overtime without pay. To each one I've said:"I will file a grievance today. Just say the word."
Almost all have said no.
And unfortunately, here's the way it works: TAG can initiate a grievance for unpaid overtime without an artist's cooperation, but TAG can't win it.
When I get into the arbitration hearing, I will be alone. And the arbitrator (the judge and jury) will say to me "Where's the grievant?"
And I will have to answer "He refused to come."
And the arbitrator will say "This isn't good. We need his testimony."
And my response will be "I know we do. But he's not here to give it. He didn't want the company to know who he was, so he won't be testifying."
To which the arbitrator will respond: "Okay then. I guess we're done. Being as how there's no evidence regarding the unpaid o.t., I find for the company."
So we clear now? Without the testimony -- or equivalent evidence -- regarding the uncompensated overtime, it's a tough grievance to win.