Animation Artists’ Union Reaches Agreement for 3-Year Deal with Studios
How smooth were negotiations? They began Monday and finished Wednesday.

“Good news, animators! After a relatively smooth labor negotiations, the IATSE Animation Guild Local 839 and Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have drawn up a tentative agreement on a new contract.

The new three-year collective bargaining agreement runs from August 1, 2015 to July 31, 2018, and includes a 3% compounded annual increase to contract wage minimums, zero rollbacks or premium increases on health benefits, and a 10 percent increase in pension benefits for employees retiring after August 1, 2015.”


July 3 2015 - Members of the left-wing trade union group the All-Workers Militant Front (PAME) clashed with police outside the Federation of Greek Industries as they tried to storm the building in Athens, Friday. Protesters spray-painted “PAME” on the front of the building and chanted slogans against austerity and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tspiras. [video]
WI teachers union membership falls 60% since Scott Walker’s reforms

It turns out that fewer people will join unions…if you don’t force them to join unions.

In 2009, the Wisconsin Education Association Council had more than 100,000 members.

In 2011, Gov. Scott Walker signed Act 10 into law, severely restricting collective bargaining for teachers, eliminating agency fees, and requiring local unions to hold recertification votes annually.

…WEAC’s 2015 membership numbers show an organization with fewer than 50,000 total members, and fewer than 40,000 who are currently employed in Wisconsin’s public school system. The downward spiral is so pronounced the union cut dues by $60, but it does not seem to have reversed its fortunes.

Today in labor history, July 8, 1905: The founding convention of the Industrial Workers of the World concludes in Chicago. Founding member William “Big Bill” Haywood addressed the convention: “This is the Continental Congress of the working-class. We are here to confederate the workers of this country into a working-class movement that shall have for its purpose the emancipation of the working-class from the slave bondage of capitalism.”