Reactions are coming in from todays meeting. It was quite a good number of people that showed up (40-50) on such little notice. Email me or comment below on what your thoughts are.
I will be posting my thoughts and information on what the IATSE plans to do since they have had a vfx union in the works for a few months now.
I have to agree with this comment that I will repost here:
– I love and appreciate IBEW’s outreach and holding of meetings (ARE YOU LISTENING TAG!?)
– I was not impressed at all by their knowledge of the VFX industry and felt uneasy about the possibly of being represented by them when they seemed to know so little.
– The main guy talking (main so cal rep) gave me a bad impression…he seemed to not be really listening to the questions asked of him and kept giving either vague or indirect answers a lot. People had to ask/rephrase 2 or 3 times to get him to address the questions
– The health benefits between them and IATSE are exactly the same since they’re all in the same film industry fund
– Someone asked the difference between them and The Animation Guild (IATSE) and essentially he said They care and make an effort and go out, while IATSE (TAG) doesn’t. Aside from that comment, which left a bad taste in my mouth, it troubled me he didn’t know anything about the other major source of representation in the vfx industry.
– A few people expressed that the fact that the IBEW was out there holding meetings putting forth an effort was a big enough difference for them. And I agree with that sentiment. What good is a other longer standing organization if they don’t put forth the effort? TAG needs to get on their game and start holding meetings…letting people know they exist and have ACTUAL experience in VFX/Animation industry.
– Essentially the gist of the meeting was that they’ll keep holding meetings and hopefully people keep coming and bringing more people. But that union representation was going to have to be initiated and organized from within by the artists and then they would come in at the very end once they had 65% of the company signed on rep cards.
– There was a rough plan set for beginning of Dec for the next meeting. I’ll be there. It was great to see other smart dedicated artists with the passion to fix the things that are broken. I have some hope now. I just hope the IBEW had a bit more knowledge of the industry