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Manga publisher Seven Seas "has not expressed any enthusiasm" for its employees union, according to the union itself

The union talks about the long journey to its newly ratified contract with the manga publisher

United Workers of Seven Seas
Image credit: United Workers of Seven Seas

It’s been more than a year since staffers at manga publisher Seven Seas Entertainment announced that they had formed a union. To the surprise of many — including, potentially, the union itself — the publisher reversed earlier attempts to bust the union and instead voluntarily recognized the union within a couple of months of its formation. At that point, the group entered the negotiation process and… things went understandably quiet.

Until now. The group announced that it has ratified its first contract with the publisher, even as Popverse was reaching out for an update. Keep reading to find out how the company has changed since the union was announced, and what happened after the union was recognized by the publisher…

The following interview was conducted via email, with the group speaking as one unified collective unit at their request.

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Graeme McMillan: Popverse Editor Graeme McMillan (he/him) has been writing about comics, culture, and comics culture on the internet for close to two decades at this point, which is terrifying to admit. He completely understands if you have problems understanding his accent.
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