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New Three-Year Contract

Steve Kaplan / July 13, 2015

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The Animation Guild reached agreement with the AMPTP at 11:00 p.m. on a new, three-year agreement that will run from August 1st, 2015 to July 31st, 2018. The deal follows the contours of the 2015 IATSE Basic Agreement, which includes: * 3% increases to contract wage minimums (compounded). * Unchanged Health Benefits (no increases to…

Oncoming Negotiations

Steve Hulett / May 16, 2015

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* Featured Post Artwork from Carol Simpson At the end of June, the Animation Guild will sit down with the major animation studios and negotiate a new three-year contract. The guild’s negotiation committee will meet in early June to go over proposals, but it’s important to know what the IA (our mother international) negotiated for…

Latest TAG 401(k) Plan Numbers

Steve Hulett / April 30, 2015

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The Animation Guild 401(k) Plan is celebrating its 20th birthday, and has reached robust adulthood. The stats: * Total Plan assets: $235,742,099 * Average balance: $93,585 * Total contributions in 2014: $7,715,289 * Total number of Plan participants: 2,519 * 88% of assets reside in Target Date Funds. The TAG 401(k) Plan offers participants over…

IATSE DISTRICT 2 DELAGATES NEEDED!

Steve Kaplan / April 12, 2015

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On July 10, 11 and 12, the Animation Guild will participate in the IATSE District 2 Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii. If you wish to be considered for one of the limited number of Local 839 delegate positions you must be an active member in good standing and you must email us by April 17th, 2015….

Jobs and Networking

Steve Hulett / April 1, 2015

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At last night’s General Membership meeting, there was lengthy discussion about ways to find jobs in the animation business. Some bullet points: * Have a portfolio on-line in various formats: quick time, single frame, etc. Show a variety of styles, and most recent work up top. * The Animation Guild offers “Member Profile” pages (which…

Catching Up

Steve Hulett / March 23, 2015

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401(k) enrollment time again, so here’s your new motivator: According to the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, the average retirement savings for households nearing retirement — those with head of households aged 55-64—is about $110,000. That means more than half of today’s households won’t have enough retirement income to maintain their pre-retirement standard…

Free Money!

Steve Hulett / March 18, 2015

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The bidding war for movies and television work continues. UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne today unveiled improved incentives for the film, TV and videogame business as he delivered his final budget before the country’s general election May 7. The government has increased the rate of film tax relief to 25% for all qualifying…

Changes To Target Date Funds (TAG 401K)

Steve Hulett / March 6, 2015

401k plan / one comment

The Vanguard Target Date Funds, which most Animation Guild 401(k) participants are using, will be changing their investment lineups in coming months. Right now, the Target Date Funds stock allocations are invested 70% in Total U.S. Stock Market and 30% in International Stocks. By the end of 2015, that will change to 60% U.S. stocks…

Gordon Kent, RIP

Steve Hulett / March 5, 2015

RIP / 5 comment

One of the really hard workers in animation, and really good guys, passed away early this morning. Gordon Kent succumbed in the fight for his life at 2:00 A.M., after a long, heroic struggle. He was surrounded by his loving wife and soulmate, Donna, his sister Vickie, and her husband Jim. Gordon jumped into animation…

The Anthem Hack

Steve Hulett / February 8, 2015

Internet SecurityMPI / no comments

You have no doubt heard by now that a large swath of the population got singed by the reported hack of Anthem Insurance. Almost every entertainment union had members that were affected, and the Animation Guild was no exception. Although there’s not much substantive to report, the guild sent the following to members: You are…

Speaking of Transitions

Steve Kaplan / February 5, 2015

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It isn’t just Robert Iger who’ll be ambling on Sony has just confirmed that Amy Pascal is stepping down from her position as co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and chairman of the Motion Picture Group, and that she will launch a new production venture at the studio. Pascal will transition to the new venture in…

The TAG 401(k) Plan

Steve Hulett / February 3, 2015

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The Animation Guild’s 401(k) Plan quarterly trustee meeting took place on Monday; herewith useful factoids for participants: Total Plan Assets 1st Quarter 2014 — $213,826,678 4th Quarter 2014 — $230,542,543 Average Participant Balance 1st Quarter 2014 — $87,778 4th Quarter 2014 — $92,476 Total Participants 2,493 The trustees met on Monday afternoon where they discussed…