‘New Deal for Animation': IATSE Members and Allies Rally Amid Contract Talks

”We desperately need a new deal that gives equal pay for equal work,“ Animation Guild committee chair Teri Cusumano told hundreds of members

Animation Guild members and allies rallied just up the road from the Disney Studios in Burbank Sunday to demand a “New Deal for Animation” for workers that should include equal pay to their “live-action counterparts.”

It has been nearly eight months since the initial expiration date for the labor contract between Hollywood studios and IATSE Local 839, also known as The Animation Guild (TAG). Now, with that deadline being extended as talks over wages and working conditions for animation workers drag on, members are standing firm and expressing their needs, both vocally and as painted by members upon dozens of cars.

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Jeremy Fuster

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