We don't disagree with the recent observations of Jeff Heusser, the VFX Soldier, or Scott Squires regarding our one year anniversary. We haven't dented the surface in connecting with the majority of workers out there. We'll do better when we unveil our website.
Steve Hulett, Steve Kaplan, and Peter Koczera are doing a fantastic job getting the word out. And yet, it isn't enough.
We think the vast majority of workers are hunkered down, working ridiculous hours, and with the threat of replacement by off-shore workers who would work for a small fraction of their wages, hanging over their heads.
Our challenge is to find a way to reach those who don't read the blogs, visit the websites, or attend the meetings.
Perhaps word of mouth will be more effective.
I remain an optimist.
As we enter negotiations with the Major Studios, the community will get to watch a democratic union in action. We hold meetings with our members and keep them fully informed as to the progress of those negotiations.
And, when visual artists come on board, we'll do the same for them.
They deserve the same rights, privileges and benefits as 100,000 motion picture industry workers covered by the IATSE Basic Agreement. Nothing more. Nothing less.