Why Should We Unionize? Flow chart

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This is a group blog of vfx artists working in Vancouver. Inspired by vfxsoldier we decided to take a stand and speak out about the great imbalance of power that exists between the employer studios and individual vfx artists. We are tired of keeping quiet while the vfx studios come up with ever more creative payment schemes to reduce their production costs at our expense while openly violating BC labor laws.
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4 Responses to Why Should We Unionize? Flow chart

  1. Anonymous says:

    First, I’m curious that I have to give my name and email to leave a comment, when none of yours are available?

    Most of us are making more than enough to cover both pension and healthcare. VFX artists are hardly, like this blog is trying to suggest poor little factory workers, (If they are, where are the money for the ipads, iphones, etc coming from?).
    Unions would only work to stiffle the industry and undercut the ability of the gifted artists to negotiate according to their talent.
    Anyways..I doubt this comment will be posted anyway…

    • vfxinsider says:

      You can post with a fake name that’s how these blogs are set up.

      “Most of us are making more than enough to cover both pension and healthcare”

      This assumption is false. I have spoken to many artists this year who make less than even the livable wage here in Vancouver

      “Unions would only work to stiffle the industry and undercut the ability of the gifted artists to negotiate according to their talent.”

      This is also false. Artists set their own rate and are hired on merit. The freedom to “undercut” is yours. If you want to work for the base minimum you can.

      This idea that talented artists won’t find work is laughable. could you imagine? Film productions are contract. There isn’t a language in any contract that I have seen
      read that states “seniority” as structure for employment.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Define ‘livable wage’, please?

    ” Artists set their own rate and are hired on merit.”

    So, explain to me why we need a union again?

    • vfxinsider says:

      Google “livable wage+ Your city” to find out what it is how it is defined by that study.
      In Vancouver it is $18, that is the minim wage required to house and feed 1 person. The study was done this summer.

      I tried to explain why we need a union in the flow chart I made. Your question,
      “if artist’s set their own rate and are hired on merit why a union?”

      – VFX needs a bottom up association where we have a voice in our industry, and our workplace.
      – Artists are being exploited, asked to work for free, not paid for their work. Forced to work below basic labour law.
      – As freelancers we are not able to pay into a group pension or group medical, this is useful for those who want families or plane to retire.
      – A unionized VFX workforce would guarantee hourly pay for hourly work. It could be a goal to move the industry towards
      a more profitable “cost plus” model rather than a “lower bidder wins” model which is currently un-sound.

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