Monthly Archives: April 2020

Contract Services suspends skills training program

Alexandra Drosu / April 24, 2020

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We have recently learned that Contract Services Administration Trust Fund (CSATF) has been forced to suspend the Skills Training program. Like many other organizations, CSATF has been seriously impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Most of CSATF’s revenue comes from contributions linked to hours worked under union agreements, much like MPI. The significant impact on The…

Unemployment Insurances and The Cares Act: What you need to know

Alexandra Drosu / April 20, 2020

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More than 1,000 entertainment union members logged in to a Zoom meeting hosted by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor to learn more about the various programs available to them through the Employment Development Department and the federal CARES Act legislation. The special webinar was co-hosted by Hollywood labor unions, including the I.A.T.S.E., DGA…

COVID-19 Update: Withdrawal provisions for the TAG 401K Plan

Alexandra Drosu / April 17, 2020

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We are fortunate that so far the animation industry has not been affected by the pandemic and most members are still working. Still, everyone’s situation is different and many families may be facing financial challenges. In an effort to provide financial support for participants of our 401k plan who may need it, the Trustees unanimously…

Important COVID-19 Update: Hours Credit Extends Eligibility for Health Care Coverage

Alexandra Drosu / April 13, 2020

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For those Active Participants currently enrolled in the Motion Picture Industry Health Plan (MPIHP), excluding those on COBRA and those who maintain enrollment through MPIHP as a result of a disability, and whose benefit period ends on June 30, 2020, MPIHP will provide a credit of up to 300 hours toward the Participant’s next eligibility period. In order…

Working from home while juggling kids?

Alexandra Drosu / April 6, 2020

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Many Animation Guild members are finding it difficult to balance work and family life during the pandemic. Here are a few resources to help navigate these challenges: 1) Coronavirus Course For Expecting, New & All Working Parents COVID-19 is causing rapidly changing the lives of expecting and working parents. This mini course addresses concerns for…

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