Entertainment Workers at Image Comics Vote to Certify Union
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Workers at Imagehave voted to certify their union, which the group is saying is a first for a comic book publisher in the U.S., in a National Relations Board election.
Workers voted 7-2 to approve the union in a secret ballot election whose results were. While all 12 staffers at the company submitted ballots, three were “subject to a frivolous legal challenge on eligibility, thus their ballots were not opened,” the union said on Thursday. The group claims that Image Comics, the publisher of series including Saga, The Walking Dead and Spawn, ultimately declined to voluntarily recognize their union. The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to Image Comics for comment.
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“Winning this election is only the beginning — as always, we are #drawninsolidarity and are eager to continue working together with CWA on the next steps towards securing a strong, fair, and exemplary first contract for comic book publishing workers,” a group of 10 workers wrote inon the website of the union, which is called Comic Book Workers United.
Comic Book Workers United is affiliated with the Communication Workers of America (CWA), a labor giant bargaining on behalf of around 700,000 workers in news media, telecommunications and IT, among other industries. The CWA was also behind the union at Vodeo Games, which recently was voluntarily recognized by management andthe first certified union at a video game studio in North America.
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Image Comics workersthat they had formed a union on Nov. 1, but staffers later that month that organizing had been a topic of discussion for years prior. Comic Book Workers United members hope to institutionalize more salary transparency and regular performance reviews for staff and management, encourage new hires and the creation of a plan to improve diversity at the company, their website .
With comic book publishing largely unorganized in the States even as major entertainment unions play a significant role in helping translate some of their popular properties to film and television, Comic Book Workers United is suggesting other publishing workers push to organize. “It is our sincere hope that today’s win inspires our peers to organize for a democratic voice. @cbwupdx [Comic Book Workers United] is ready to stand with you to help create a better and more equitable comics industry for all,” the group’s accounton Thursday.
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