The production workers behind Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty and Solar Opposites have recently filed to become members of The Animation Guild (TAG), joining together to bargain for their first union contract. Production workers involved in this filing include production managers, production supervisors, design assistants, casting assistants, storyboard coordinators and office production coordinators and assistants.
Explaining the reason behind the filing, TAG said, “This move follows a request by a super majority of the workers last week to be voluntarily recognized. Attorneys representing both production companies responded to this request by contacting TAG and stating that the productions’ parent studios, Adult Swim and 20th Century Fox, were not willing to voluntarily recognize the entire unit as was proposed by The Animation Guild.”
Because of this unwillingness, the guild then filed a petition for a union election.
The Animation Guild provided a statement by production manager on Solar Opposites Kallan Zimmerman. “Production workers are the heart of the animation industry and have been under-appreciated and under-compensated for far too long. It’s time for us to have a seat at the table alongside our artist colleagues.”
“I voted yes to unionize with TAG because I believe in representation and protection of production workers. We need real benefits and without unionizing, our needs will never be recognized and addressed,” assistant production manager on Rick & Morty Jennifer Vogan said.
Design coordinator on Solar Opposites Dana Bell added, “I’m excited to unite with my coworkers in production who work so hard in these shows, to join forces with the artists at TAG, and to work towards getting the recognition and the benefits that we deserve.”
You can find both shows to watch on Hulu.