Employees of the American publishing house Seven Seasin charge of publishing manga in English as popular as tokyo avengershave started a movement to create a union to fight for their interests.
It is a movement that is very reminiscent of the one seen a few months ago by the employees of Image Comics, another independent publisher that has seen how its employees have come together to claim better wages and rights that put them in a more favorable employment situation. It is a trade union movement that concerns non-creative staff, that is, those who make it possible for the publishing house to function on a day-to-day basis.
— United Workers of Seven Seas (@_UW7S) May 23, 2022
They have demonstrated on networks to make their cause known, with statements like this:
We are eager to produce the best products we can, and the best way to do that is with a living wage, proper hardware and software, and a well-organized digital office. As a union, we seek to negotiate better working conditions for both Seven Seas employees and the many freelancers who make what we do possible. We look forward to your support and solidarity.
It is by no means that complaints and claims arise in the work environment related to manga and anime, because the many complaints that come from Japan about the complicated and demanding employment situation of the artists and entertainers who carry out their intense work there.
Seven Seas was founded Jason DeAngelis in 2004 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, from where they have brought numerous Japanese manga licenses to the American market, as well as comics produced in China.