This Local has made great strides since I first started participating in negotiations ten years ago. Our team is made up of engaged, informed members who put in the time to train and understand how negotiating with an opposing force works, and then brought proposals and priorities straight from the workplace to the bargaining table. It’s gratifying to see some of the people who first woke up to their Union after the last negotiations now playing an active part in fighting for what they and their co-workers want. And while it’s tough to be satisfied without getting everything we all fought for, I believe we won far more than the producers wanted to let us have . . . and they know The Animation Guild will be back in force to get more in the future.