VANCOUVER, BC – On October 8, animation workers at Titmouse Vancouver made history by becoming the first animation studio in Canada to become unionized. With 87% of the workers participating in the vote, a resounding 98% voted to join The Animation Guild, IATSE Local 938.
“Today, workers at Titmouse Vancouver sent a clear message; there is strength in the union,” said IATSE International President Matthew D. Loeb. “Animation workers in Los Angeles have benefited from representation by the IATSE for years and we look forward to representing animation workers in Canada.”
“There has been enthusiasm in Vancouver to form an animation union for years. This overwhelming mandate from Titmouse workers is part of a groundswell across our industry,” said Vanessa Kelly, media spokesperson for The Animation Guild, IATSE Local 938. “This vote is the first step in acknowledging animation workers as vital members of our industry, deserving a voice in shaping and improving it. The courage of Titmouse workers made this first step possible.”
Following the successful vote, John Lewis, IATSE International Vice President and Director of Canadian Affairs stated, “We look forward to working collaboratively with Titmouse to develop a first collective agreement that ensures the future success of the company and its workers.”
Animation workers across Canada are encouraged to contact IATSE to be put in touch with an organizer if they would like to begin discussions about forming a union at their animation studio. As we have seen with Titmouse Vancouver – it is possible!