But it wasn't (isn't?) all lollipops and sunshine. ...
Here is a screed from a member who has a different POV:
Why IN THE WORLD would you walk away from any negotiation?!? How old are you? Do you walk in this animation world that I LIVE in? Do you realize that all you do is take without really giving back? And NOW you threaten my job? What is there to discuss? I want to work! I will send this to every member I can and I would hope that if the guild truly represents the artists; you will put it into the "Pegboard".
Now to a couple of the terms you say are past negotiation.
1. Tests: These are not a studio thing, but are demanded from other "Guild" members, Directors, Supervising directors, Supervising Producers etc...
2. Raises: Wow! really? In 1996 I was making more than I do now.
3. Health benefits: I was told in my "Welcome to the union" meeting that the co-pay was going up. (Not to mention that I don't have them yet.and may never.)
I'm sure there are more, but I need to get ready to go to bed because "Thank GOD!! I get to go to work tomorrow!"
People close to me tell me I should keep my mouth shut, but you asked for my opinion. Sooo... Here it is.
Lead, or get out of the way. When you are making more than most of us each year there is an issue. Remember, We pay you to represent US. at least for now.
My OPINION ...
I'm not really clear about some of the objections. But what I scope out:
1) The artist objects to the committee voting to reject a low-ball proposal and walking out of negotiations.
2) The artist doesn't want to go on strike. (Nobody has proposed that.)
3) The artist doesn't want his co-pays/premiums to go up. (If he's single, neither will.)
4) The artist doesn't like what I'm paid.