Proving Our Point: Image Comics’ Workers Union Quickly Goes to War



Less than a week after ratifying their Comic Book Workers Union, Image Comics’ new labor union for office staff quickly turned combative and filed a legal complaint with the National Labor Relations Board against the publisher. In the filing, Image Comics is accused of engaging in “unfair labor practices,” retaliating against union members, and interfering with the exercise of employees’ rights by knowingly disseminating false information, according to the petition.


Even before the union was ratified, the CBWU was quite aggressive and combative with Image Comics. The legal documents are published below.

If it’s not already clear, this is demonstrative of why most companies do not welcome labor unions and illustrates exactly what we warned about three weeks ago. Comics by Perch speculates on where this goes from here:


The Image Union gets serious and files labor dispute


The business of comic book publishing just got very restrictive and expensive at Image Comics. How long before this spreads throughout the industry?

Chris Braly

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