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Monday, June 05, 2023 

Image's union workers turn against them in labor court

Multiversity Comics tells that Image's allowing for a union with troubling beliefs to remain in their employ has now resulted in causing legal problems for them:
The Image Comics employees’ union Comic Book Workers United have filed charges against the publisher with the U.S. National Labor Relations Board, alleging three violations of the National Labor Relations Act. The press release describe the publisher’s lead staff as having grown increasingly hostile to their unionized workers. [...]

CBWU, which was the first comics publisher’s union in America, was founded in late 2021, although Image refused to recognize it until it was ratified (with the National Labor Relations Board’s help) in March of this year. The hostility was apparent early in 2022, when co-founder Jim Valentino’s imprint Shadowline removed the names of the ten CBWU members from the credits of its books. According to CBWU, they had previously filed a charge against Concerted Activities (Retaliation, Discharge, Discipline), and another over Changes in Terms and Conditions of Employment.
Sounds like a certain news site is taking the side of the union when they speak of hostility in the latter paragraph, who else? This union wants to impose censorship tactics, and they're surprised even Valentino could take offense? Most mysterious, however, is that these employees are still on the payroll. If I were in charge of a company and faced with such contemptible employees, I'd see to it they were booted as quickly as possible. If Image keeps them on at this point, they can't be surprised if it'll have a damaging effect on their sales, which are probably already mediocre enough, no thanks to their own turns to PC in the past decade.

If there's something to be learned in all this, it's that "unions" espousing in policing other people's creativity are bound to become trouble galore, and if Image sustains damage as a result, it'll be at least partly because they didn't distance themselves from the staffers who formed a union who were doing so for PC reasons, not because they wanted better wages for everybody.

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