The workers are the first group of post-production coordinators to officially form a union in the New York film industry
The historic victory for New York’s television and film post-production coordinators marks the first victory for Apple-employed workers in an official National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) election.
New York, NY – Today, a group of freelance post-production coordinators in New York voted unanimously for union representation with the Communications Workers of America (CWA), becoming the industry’s first post-production coordinators New York Film Company to obtain formal union representation. The workers, members of CWA Local 1101, have demanded separate National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) elections at eight major studios.
“I am proud of the phenomenal organization that led us to this victory. It’s a bright new day for post-production coordinators in New York, who have long been overlooked and undervalued,” said Lauren Orban, post-production coordinator at Disney. “Our passion, commitment and hard work allow the city’s film industry to thrive and we deserve to be treated and valued accordingly. Today’s win is a major step in that direction and we won’t stop until we have a strong first contract,” added Jill Christiano, Post-Production Coordinator at Lionsgate/Starz.
New York’s scripted film and television industry post-production coordinators have consistently delivered top-notch work contributing to the delivery of high-quality content for some of the most esteemed and established studios. , including Apple, Netflix, CBS, HBO, Universal Television, etc. Until now, they have lacked union benefits and protections, in an industry where the overwhelming majority of their colleagues have collective agreements.
The victory marks the first time that workers employed by Apple, which has launched an anti-union campaign in its retail stores, have won an NLRB election for union representation.
“My colleagues and I are thrilled to become the first group of workers to vote for a union at Apple through the NLRB process,” said Frankie Fortunato, post-production coordinator at Apple Studios.
Post-production coordinators are part of a multi-faceted operation, connecting all aspects of the filmmaking process. They play a vital role in the post-production process by helping to provide resources and workflows so the post-production team can turn thousands of hours of raw footage into a polished end product including effects. sound, color correction, music, visual effects and other finished products. elements that moviegoers expect from the cinematic experience.
Their victory follows the announcement of an agreement for a new contract for New York-area film and television production assistants and parking coordinators, represented by CWA Local 1101. The parking assistants and coordinators, who are employed by the same major studios, successfully negotiated a second collective agreement with significant improvements in wages and standards.
“The success of the New York Parking Lot Production Assistants and Coordinators organization and their unprecedented first contract has been an inspiration for us to come together and fight for a voice at work,” said declared Gabi McDaniels, post-production coordinator at Nickelodeon/HBO. “We are encouraged by the announcement of their new and improved contract and proud to join them as members of CWA Local Lodge 1101.”
These victories are representative of the growing wave of organizing across the country and further reaffirm CWA’s commitment to supporting the organizing of workers in the creative arts and culture sectors, as well as the technology and gaming industries. From workers in the comic book and graphic novel industries to video game and technology workers in corporations large and small, CWA continues to be a leading union of workers successfully organizing in sectors historically non-unionized. Post-production coordinators will continue to be fully supported by their new union family as they negotiate a fair contract.
About CWA: The Communications Workers of America represents workers in telecommunications, customer service, media, airlines, health care, public service and education, manufacturing, technology and other areas.