Unionization Resources

By: Anime Feminist April 18, 20220 Comments
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As conversations about worker rights and collective action become increasingly common in various industries, it felt like a good time to put together a small primer. This is far from an exhaustive list of sources or union collectives, but it will hopefully give people curious about labor unions but unsure where to start a jumping off point.

How to Start a Union at Your Company (Time, Raisa Bruner)

Covers several groups pushing to unionize their workplaces, and tips on where to start if you’d like to do the same at your job.

Why The Anime Industry Lacks Unions And How That Could Change: A Veteran Producer Speaks (Cartoon Brew, Alex Dudok De Wit)

Two veterans of the anime industry discuss why unions have had a hard time getting a foothold and how that can begin to change.

Anime has never been bigger, so why are voice actors struggling to get by? (We Got This Covered, Autumn Wright)

A brief history of low wages in the dubbing industry and the still-spotty reach of unionization attempts. After the publication of this article, Sony/Crunchyroll announced they would be returning to exclusively in-studio recording, cutting off opportunities for many disabled and non-Texas based actors, as well as localizing most of the current industry work in a right-to-work state.

Jorts the Cat

Its namesake originated from a memetic Reddit post; this Twitter now uses its cute mascot to retweet news of union action and strikes.

Coalition of Dubbing Actors

A group currently connecting actors in hopes of creating better conditions in the dubbing industry.

ABK Workers Alliance

Worker collective fighting for official union recognition and better conditions at Activision-Blizzard King.

IWGB Game Workers

A UK collective fighting for employees in the games industry. Also does educational outreach.


Tech industry unions across various digital industries including gaming and tech.

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