Production workers on two Justin Roiland-co-created animated series – Adult Swim’s Rick & Morty and Hulu’s Solar Opposites – have filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for a union election.
Wait, weren’t these shows already unionized? Yes, the artists were unionized, but not the production workers, which includes the following positions: production managers, production supervisors, design assistant, casting assistant, storyboard coordinator, and office production coordinators and assistants.
This sounds historic. It is. The workers on these shows would become the first production workers in Los Angeles to be represented by The Animation Guild, Local 839 IATSE. If their campaign proves successful, this could spark a whole new wave of unionization for production workers throughout the L.A. animation industry.