The studio’s union workers’ unanimous vote to ratify their first collective bargaining agreement highlights their determination to create fair and favorable working conditions.
The Animation Guild (TAG) and the Titmouse NY Organizing Committee have ratified their first collective bargaining agreement with Titmouse NY. This significant milestone comes after Titmouse voluntarily recognized unionization efforts in New York on January 7, 2022. The New York studio is now the first animation studio outside L.A. County to unionize in decades.
Titmouse founder and president Chris Prynoski said, "We are proud of the Titmouse artists in NY and support them as we move into the future together!”
"Animation workers across the country deserve the ability to have a voice in the creation of their working conditions,” commented TAG Business Representative Steve Kaplan. “The crew at Titmouse NY is the first of what I expect to be many animation studios that will find their crews interested in sharing those decisions. The Animation Guild has set the standard for workplace conditions from our origins in Los Angeles. Now, we invite animation workers across the United States to reach out and work with us to create a national standard for animation work."
"I am incredibly proud of our union for voting in favor of ratifying our contract,” said Dan Pinto, a member of the organizing committee. “The fact that the vote was unanimous makes this historic achievement all the more significant. This is a huge win for our studio, for the New York animation scene, and for animation and production workers across the country. This is only the beginning."
The ratified collective bargaining agreement reflects Titmouse NY's commitment to creating a collaborative and supportive work environment for its employees. It encompasses essential provisions that address wages, benefits, and working conditions, ensuring fair treatment and the opportunity for workers to have a voice in shaping their professional lives.
Source: The Animation Guild