So, the strike's coming, but it doesn't affect 839 because... well, quite frankly, 839 is cheaper than the WGA.
That's it, really.
Don't think for a minute that what I do is any different than Family Guy or the Simpsons (not quality, I'm just saying process). It isn't.
I open up final draft, I type, I hand to a talented artist and it becomes a cartoon.
The only difference is, I'm paid once, out of my salary, and then the money is done.
So let me ask you this: And it's hypothetical. You, board artists and directors, believe you are cartoon writers (and I don't disagree.)
There's a union that represents WRITERS - and they rep writers on prime time shows that probably make 5x what you make... AND they get residuals.
In an open playing field, would you:
1) Fight for change within 839 and hope that, like other writers in Hollywood you were able to get more money, residuals and a larger contribution to your health and pension?
2) Move to the WGA because, as a board artist, you ARE a writer and maybe there's a cast to be made that you be treated as such?
That's the STRICTLY HYPOTHETICAL QUESTION we should all be asking ourselves, because the unions are the unions, the rules are the rules and it exists way outside the realm of what any one of us can decide.