Category: TAG News

Committee Updates

Alexandra Drosu / September 9, 2019

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Animation Committee The Animators Committee held their first official committee meeting and had a great turnout. They discussed several important topics including: updating different job classifications, building visibility for animators, and sideletter N. Next steps: the committee has a survey currently available to animators! They want to hear from their craftsfolk about what their priorities…

2019 TAG Officer Elections: Rules and Procedures

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This year marks the end of an election term. The following offices of the Animation Guild: PRESIDENT, BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVE, VICE-PRESIDENT, RECORDING SECRETARY, SERGEANT-AT-ARMS and 11 EXECUTIVE BOARD members will be up for election. In October, active members in good standing will have the opportunity to vote for candidates for those offices by secret mail ballot….

Aloha from the District 2 Convention

Alexandra Drosu / June 17, 2019

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IATSE District 2 represents more than 45,000 members across 49 local unions in Arizona, California, Hawai’i, and Nevada, and every year they host a convention to bring together this growing network of Union members. The 75th District 2 convention was held this year in Honolulu and 32 TAG members attended, making Local 839’s delegation the largest…

Steve Kaplan: TAG’s new field representative

Alexandra Drosu / April 9, 2019

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Many of you already know Steve Kaplan. He worked at the Local between 2010 and 2015. He is also on the Animation Guild’s Executive Board, serves as a Trustee and participated in contract negotiations. What you may not know about him? That he is a zythophile (look it up!) and brews his own beer with…

Why the Wage Survey Matters

Rusteen Honardoost / March 15, 2019

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When it comes time to negotiate your next contract, there are a lot of variables that go into determining how much you deserve to be paid: What is the average pay rate for your job title? Was your last job above or below the average? How does a non-union studio compare to the work and…

In Memory of Michael Four

Jason MacLeod / November 27, 2018

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It is with great regret and sadness that we report the death of Michael Four, lead counsel for the Animation Guild (pictured above with the TAG Negotiations committee, eighth from the right). Michael spent 37 years fighting tirelessly for the rights of working people across the nation. He spent his entire career with our firm,…

TAG Contract Ratified

Jason MacLeod / October 25, 2018

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Los Angeles (October 26, 2018) – The members of the Animation Guild, IATSE Local 839 (TAG), have ratified a new three-year deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). TAG membership voted decidedly in favor of ratification. Of the 1081 valid votes cast there were 868 “yes” votes (80.2%) and 213 “no”…

California Bill AB 3080 Proposes End to Forced Arbitration

Rusteen Honardoost / August 9, 2018

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The California IATSE Council, of which the Animation Guild is a member, is lobbying in support of Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher’s (D-San Diego) bill AB 3080 which would end to the practice of forced arbitration clauses in employee contracts. Leaders of the #MeToo movement assert that these agreements prevent victims of sexual harassment from coming…

Update on Negotiations – End of July 2018

Jason MacLeod / July 31, 2018

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Last Thursday morning, the IATSE Basic negotiations concluded. While our own negotiations are still planned for August 28-30, here are the terms of the tentative IATSE Basic Agreement that most directly relate to Animation Guild members. Key Gains: No reductions to health and pension. For retirees, 13th and 14th checks continue for those that have qualified for them,…

What To Do If You’re a Part of the Animation Wage-Fixing Lawsuit

Rusteen Honardoost / July 23, 2018

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We are hearing reports from members that the first checks in relation to the Animation Workers Antitrust Litigation have begun to arrive in the mail. These payments are from a settlement reached between the class action lawsuit and the animation studios alleged to have engaged in wage fixing. While the Animation Guild is not managing this…

SAG-AFTRA TV Animation Members Vote Yes for Strike Authorization

Rusteen Honardoost / July 19, 2018

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The Screen Actors Guild has announced that it’s members voted 98.27% in favor of a TV Animation strike authorization. The dispute concerns the guild’s new media contract which SAG-AFTRA asserts does not pay scale wages or residuals. The intent of the vote is to give the SAG-AFTRA negotiating party leverage in their negotiations with the…

Employment and Gender Diversity

Jason MacLeod / March 25, 2018

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The Animation Guild now has approximately 4230 artists, writers and technicians under its jurisdiction at studios in and around Los Angeles. Of these, slightly more than 25% are women. The female/male breakdowns at the Animation Guild’s larger signator studios are as follows: EMPLOYMENT BY STUDIO — WOMEN — (TOTAL EMPLOYEES) Bento Box — 17 —…

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