There's been more posting and other things around the web regarding the state of VFX artists.
Here's a couple more related links:
Some Inconvenient VFX Industry Truths by Richard Kerrigan
A Visual Effects Digital Artists Guild? from the Animation Guild blog.
This just added:
Poll regarding VFX Union
I haven't had a chance to sift through all of this yet but hope to make more of an in-depth posting some point in the near future.
Thanks for noticing the new fxdag.org web site. Not sure where it's all going but I'd love to get your comments, feedback and ideas if you have the time.