Marvel Studios' VFX Staff Unanimously Votes to Unionize

Image: IATSE

Today, after all votes have been counted by the National Labor Relations Board, IATSE stated that Marvel’s in-house VFX studio unanimously voted “yes” to forming a union with IATSE. The “unprecedented demand” for unionization in digital Hollywood industries comes at a critical moment for the labor movement, IATSE International President Matthew D. Loeb said in a statement.

The vote is historic not just for its overwhelming support but also because this is the first times that a unit of “solely VFX workers” has successfully unionized with IATSE, according to a tweet from IATSE.

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IATSE’s Loeb added, “Your bravery, determination, and unity are a beacon for workers not just in VFX, not just in entertainment, but workers in every industry across this country and beyond. You will enter negotiations with Marvel and Disney with the full backing and support of our 170,000 strong alliance. Your fight is our fight.”

And the VFX studio will likely be in for a fight of superheroic proportions. They are now going to move forward with their union to “engage in collective bargaiing negotiations” with Marvel and DIsney. IASTE reports that as of September 13 there have been no negotiation dates scheduled.

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