Marvel VFX Workers Unanimously Vote To Unionize At Disney Making Industry History

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Marvel Studios’ VFX artists have unanimously voted to unionize in a historic and industry-changing move that will impact working conditions at Disney.

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Summary

  • Marvel Studios’ VFX workers have made history by unanimously voting to unionize, demanding fair pay, healthcare, a safe working environment, and respect for their work.
  • This is the first time a unit consisting solely of VFX artists has joined IATSE, breaking a half-century-old precedent in the industry.
  • The vote comes after concerns were raised about overwork and unrealistic deadlines faced by VFX artists at Marvel Studios, particularly with the expansion of the MCU onto Disney+.


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Marvel Studios’ VFX workers have unanimously voted to unionize, making industry history. After many criticized the quality of the visual effects and CGI in several recent Marvel Cinematic Universe projects, VFX artists working at Marvel Studios began to speak up about their experiences behind-the-scenes, revealing that they’d been overworked and pushed to meet impossible deadlines, which became a more prevalent issue with the MCU’s expansion onto Disney+ in 2021. The vote comes after the Writers Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA strikes have been fighting for better rights for writers and actors, but Marvel’s new VFX union has made history.

On September 13, 2023, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) posted an update on Twitter confirming that Marvel Studios’ visual effects artists voted unanimously in favor of unionizing. This marks the first time a unit comprised solely of VFX artists has unionized with IATSE, and comes following the vote for the election on August 7. Out of more than 50 on-set employees, all votes were in favor of unionizing, with none against. In a statement, Mark Patch, VFX organizer with IATSE, mentioned that this vote marked a demand for “fair pay… healthcare, a safe and sustainable working environment, and respect for the work they do.”

Source: IATSE/Twitter

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