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United States VFX workers are losing their jobs or being forced to move to work in countries that have foreign government tax incentives and subsidies that violate WTO guidelines. U.S. based movie studios reap the rewards while foreign governments offer handouts.

Letter to
California Film Comissioner Amy Lemisch
President of the United States
California State Senate
and 11 others
California State House
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Secretary of U.S. Dept. of Commerce John Bryson
Board of Directors The Visual Effects Society
Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa
Ambassador, United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk
United States International Trade Commission Public Affairs Officer
Chairman, MPAA Christopher J. Dodd
World Trade Organization WTO
California Governor
I just signed the following petition addressed to: The Untited States Government, and The Visual Effects Society.

Create a VFX Trade Organization

The visual effects industry is in need of dire change. In order to facilitate this change, we propose a petition of all VFX workers, to come forward with one clear agenda: to create a trade organization that will protect our rights.

We are, or know of, United States citizens being forced to work abroad for U.S. based companies that take advantage of foreign subsidies. While we can't blame the companies for getting the best deal possible, we believe our government should prevent this practice.

By signing this petition, you agree that we need a trade organization for our industry that will lobby the U.S. government for change. We need protection from subsidies that U.S. conglomerates use to get their films made, while we are forced to move abroad to work in an industry we love.

You agree that we need to create an organization that will lobby political action to enforce the WTO guidelines. Specifically the free trade agreements against foreign subsidies. You also agree that our elected officials need to do something about WTO violations that hurt our industry.

The only way for us to do this is through a grassroots movement. We must all come together as one voice, and take a stand, and tell our state and federal representatives so they can take action.

In order for our situation as artists to get better, we must force the issue.

By signing this petition, you are telling the world "I want a fair and balanced VFX industry, and a level playing field for all workers."

Will you join us?

Joe Harkins started this petition with a single signature, and now has 1,813 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.