In the aftermath of the IATSE's first public meeting for Visual Effects artists, on the shores of the Pacific, criticism as been leveled at the IA about minimal web presence for the organization efforts.
Arguments have been made that since a site isn't available, the IATSE isn't ready, willing or able to represent artists. Dave Rand called for the leadership of the IATSE to "honor their paychecks" by setting a site up and providing the information that is being requested. ...
The IATSE has received the message, and steps are being taken to provide the information requested in ways that are easiest for people to view. After a site is launched and available, it will serve as a cork-lined interactive bulletin board for interested parties to visit at their leisure. But even after its launch, the lions' share of organizing will remain in the hands of artists. IATSE's leadership, staff and membership can't effectively assist unless the artists in Visual Effects participate.
Organizers such as this blogger and other union organizers are facilitators. We need your passion and persistence to complete the tasks necessary to get visual effects studios to a bargaining table. We need you to sign a card, speak to peers and colleagues, form internal committees, incite discussion and dialog, help facilitate meetings, and pass along questions, among the other important tasks. (I'm optimistic. Compared to just a year ago, artists are involved, vocal and present with their opinions. And the level of activity increases as more artists become educated about collective action and portable benefits.)
To punctuate the point, I'd like to turn your attention to another artist who has entered the blog-world anonymously. TK1099 is a TAG member (our only former members are those who have passed on) and shares my understanding of the need for artist involvement. His first post parallels my feelings on the matter and has garnered lots of attention.