ABAS and IATSE Announce Strategic Alliance!

ABAS and IATSE have officially launched a Strategic Alliance, formalizing a partnership that has been in the making over the last three years. In signing this agreement, IATSE has made a commitment to improving the lives of animation and VFX workers all across Canada. ABAS will be working exclusively with IATSE to unionize animation workers in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and beyond, ensuring every member of the community is represented by allocating significant resources and backing. ABAS is extremely proud to announce this partnership, as we have been working tirelessly for years to see our union efforts come to fruition, and this partnership represents exactly that. The organizing efforts in the animation sector in Canada are about to be kicked into high gear! Stay tuned for more exciting updates!

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Art Babbitt
ESB Ruling: Animators are NOT High Tech Professionals

After a complaint was filed against Nitrogen/Cinesite for failure to pay artists for their overtime on Sausage Party, BC Employment Standards Branch has ruled that animators and VFX artists do not qualify for the HTP Exclusion, stating that they are “end users of [commercially available] technological products, materials, devices or processes, and are not involved in creating or developing them. They are creating visual images using technology or processes developed by others. They do not fall within the definition of a ‘high-technology professional’.” Read the full ruling here!

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Discord Server - UPDATE!

ABAS has started a Discord server to help with our organizing efforts! The goal of the discord server is to connect artists across the industry who are hoping to see a union form, with channels like general chat, studio specific chats, politics, women’s chat, seeking work and more. It is also becoming a very helpful tool for our different committees, making communication and organization easier!

Our committees - Core, Womens’, Accessibility, Postering, Events and Social Media - are going to be an integral part of our organizing efforts, and ensuring the union we form represents all of us. In addition to organizing, it’s a great community for animators to be a part of. Whether you’re looking for work, looking to meet like minded people and get involved, or looking to be involved in our educational livestreams, the ABAS Discord Server is a great way to start!

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HTP Exclusion

Wondering why so many in the Animation and VFX Industry in BC are forced to work so much unpaid overtime? The HTP Exclusion targets tech workers in BC by allowing companies to circumvent the law regarding hours of work and overtime pay. Originally intended only for those creating technology, studios have found a way to use the same exception to get out of paying artists for their overtime hours. This is a form of WAGE THEFT, and results in millions of taxable income being stolen from artists per year. This is a loophole that needs to be closed, and ABAS is working to do so. Programming may be an art, but artists aren't programmers! To learn more about the HTP Exclusion, click here to go to our page about it.

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