Image Comics will not voluntarily recognize the new workers’ union

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Earlier this week, workers at Picture comics announced on formation of the Cartoon workers united, a unionization effort lobby for a number of important workplace changes related to fairness, accessibility and transparency within the company. In addition to a list of goals and reasons to unionize, the CBWU has also publicly expressed its demand for Image Comics to voluntarily acknowledge it and begin discussions on making a deal that would be a first. for industry.

Although Image was initially reluctant to comment on the formation of the CBWU and whether it would recognize the union, the company later said in a statement that it has “always believed in the fair and equitable treatment of staff and has always strived to support employees” to the best of his ability. The simplest and most immediate action Image could take to support its employees and their decision to become a union shop would simply be to recognize the union and begin communicating in good faith with the bargaining committee.

Instead, however, Image chose to bring in the National Labor Relations Board as a third party. In a statement provided to Motherboard, Image explained that he would like to hold an NLRB-supervised secret ballot vote to determine whether the Communications Workers of America union should represent them.

Earlier this week, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) filed a representation petition with the National Labor Relations Board asking for a secret ballot election so that eligible Image Comics office staff can determine s ‘They want the CWA to represent them in their jobs with Image, ”Image said. “The NLRB is currently reviewing this petition to determine when this election will be held, where it will be held and who can vote.”

When io9 spoke with the CBWU earlier this week via email about the organizing push, he said Image had not yet been in direct contact about the voluntary recognition. CBWU hoped, however, that Image would eventually see things from her perspective.

“We ask Image to voluntarily recognize our union and encourage our supporters to ask them to do the same,” said the CBWU. “The outpouring of support so far has been tremendous, but some people may think it’s all over. This is just the beginning.

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