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Monthly Archives: May 2023

Lunch & Learn Recap: Union Plus Benefits

Kim Fay / May 22, 2023

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On May 10, Union Plus Brand Representative Brea Ellis discussed the many Union Plus benefits available to Union members. She was joined by John Hemmesch of Wells Fargo, who spoke about the bank’s Union Plus home mortgage program. Established in the 1980s, Union Plus provides benefits for union members off the job. This includes extending…

Meet Our New Production Shop Stewards

Kim Fay / May 5, 2023

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As production crews join our TAG family, they also join us in growing our advocacy for TAG members in the workplace. We’re excited to introduce two new TAG production members who have taken on the role of Shop Steward at their respective studios. Our Shop Stewards are our on-the-ground “eyes and ears,” as well as…

TAG Joins May Day March

Kim Fay / May 2, 2023

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  TAG Field Rep Leslie Simmons shares her view of this year’s May Day March: Animation Guild members joined with other IATSE Locals in the annual May Day March in downtown Los Angeles on May 1. Thousands of participants from unions, community groups, workers’ rights organizations, and more came together under the theme of the…

WGA Strike Q&A

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With the announcement of a Writers Guild of America strike, The Animation Guild stands in solidarity with WGA members. We recognize their invaluable contributions to the entertainment industry, and as fellow Union members, we support their demands in their collective fight to win a fair contract from the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP)….

Lunch & Learn Recap: Organizing Goals

Kim Fay / May 1, 2023

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“Organizing provides people with the opportunity to become aware of their own capabilities and potential.” – Fred Ross, Sr. What does the word “organizing” mean and why is it important? On April 26, 2023, TAG Organizer Allison Smartt explained the history of our parent Union and discussed how organizing animation industry workers benefits current TAG members and strengthens the future…