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Mickey Mouse on Strike

Steve Kaplan / October 22, 2010

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Mickey Mouse depicted in an illustration as walking the picket line, created in a show of solidarity with striking Walt Disney animators.

Looney Toon Lockout

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Above: Locked out but happy — Ben Washam (later president of Local 839), Roy Laupenberger, unknown, Paul Marin, Martha Goldman (Sigall). Left: Manny Perez tries the door.

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Herbert Sorrell lead the Animation Guild, helping them to organize and sign contracts with MGM, Walter Lantz and Screen Gems in 1941.

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The Animation Guild Local 839 IATSE and The American Animation Institute in Burbank, California.

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Sadie Bodin, inker and scene planner at Van Beuren, was fired for her union activities and became the first person to picket an animation studio.

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