Since 1952, The Animation Guild (IATSE local 839) has represented animation artists, writers and technicians. The Guild functions as a traditional labor organization — it negotiates wage minimums and improved working conditions such as employer-paid pension and health benefits, and acts as an advocate for its members. The Guild’s goal is to provide members a range of benefits and the strength of a collective voice for artists across the animation industry.
The Animation Guild further supports its members through member-run committees. The Guild’s many committees provide an opportunity for members to express their concerns, connect with Guild communities, and bring their recommendations to the Executive Board. There are a broad range of dedicated committees, like the Young Workers Committee, People of Color Committee, and the Communications Committee.
To learn more about the role and impact of these committees, we interviewed Kristin Donner. Kristin is the Chair of the Family and Membership Committee, which is dedicated to supporting caregivers within the Guild.