TAG says the studio’s decision was influenced by a recent NLRB ruling regarding production workers at Walt Disney Animation Studios.
This is the first time that remote workers have attempted to unionize with TAG, and the organization hopes others will join them.
According to organizers, talks are underway at DNEG Montreal and Toronto to follow suit.
The unit will shift its resources to focus on games developed by Amazon rather than those from third parties.
The layoffs come as Netflix reduces the division’s output to two tentpole films per year.
The tremendous breakthrough hails a new dawn for vfx workers in Canada.
Virginia becomes the fifth state in which TAG will represent animation industry workers.
This is the third group of Disney employees to vote in favor of unionizing in the last three months.
Wildbrain is the third Canadian studio to unionize with IATSE, joining Titmouse’s Vancouver unit and game developer Anemone Hug Interactive.
According to CEO Pete Parsons, revenues have missed projections by 45% as ‘Destiny 2’ struggled to retain players.
Workers began organizing earlier this year, when the studio laid off around 100 employees, 9% of its workforce.
Dreamworks’s television department was hit especially hard as production has slowed down in that division.
Walt Disney Pictures vfx workers have become the second such group to unionize with IATSE, joining their counterparts at Marvel Studios.
IATSE is asking DNEG workers across the country to fill out in IATSE VFX Union Support Cards.
The Disney Company still hasn’t voluntarily recognized the unit of workers nor negotiated in good faith to reach an agreement with these workers.
Eligible Workinman voters returned a unanimous decision in favor of joining up with IATSE.
SAG-AFTRA now has the authority to call for a strike if this week’s negations with major studios don’t prove productive.
Although its no longer picketing, the WGA did suggest its members join the actors on their lines until that strike can be similarly resolved.
The company says that the salary reductions will allow it to keep people employed instead of laying off workers.
The CWA and Microsoft have a labor neutrality agreement that will affect Activision Blizzard workers after the merger is completed.