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TAG’s New DreamWorks Shop Stewards

Kim Fay / January 29, 2024

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TAG is excited to introduce our new Shop Stewards at DreamWorks Animation. Learn about their animation backgrounds and why they chose to take the role to represent their Guild kin at the studio. Elisabeth Constantine Tell us a little about your animation career. I began my career as an Animator in 2003 at Rhythm & Hues…

Constitutional Amendment Vote

Kim Fay / January 17, 2024

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At the General Membership Meeting on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at 6:30 p.m. PST, a motion will be made for TAG members to vote on an amendment to the language of Article 5, Section 2 of the Guild’s Constitution and By-Laws to change the day of the GMM from the last Tuesday of January, March,…

Become a D2 Delegate

Kim Fay / January 16, 2024

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IATSE’s District 2 represents approximately 45,000 members, and the annual IATSE D2 Convention is an opportunity for delegates from 49 Locals in Arizona, California, Hawai‘i, and Nevada to come together to make connections, share issues and concerns, attend sessions to learn more about labor issues, and establish solidarity. Delegates represent their locals as they address…

TAG in the L.A. Times

Kim Fay / December 18, 2023

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The Los Angeles Times recently featured the unprecedented pace of TAG’s organizing efforts, noting that since December 2021, almost 1,000 animation industry professionals have been recognized to unionize under TAG, IATSE Local 839. More than half of those people are production workers, a category long excluded from joining the Union. The article examines the history…

2023 TAG Year in Review

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It’s exciting to look back on TAG’s activities and accomplishments in 2023. We grew at an unprecedented rate on a national level–welcome New York, Texas, Puerto Rico, and Virginia! We gained national jurisdiction over animation organizing, and our members were more active than ever before, from spearheading social networking events to organizing strike support activities….

401k End of Year Reminders

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For TAG members with a TAG 401k Plan through Vanguard, the 2023 contribution year is at a close. Due to holiday hours at payroll locations and the TAG office holiday closure from Fri., Dec. 22, 2023 at 2 p.m. to Mon., Jan. 1, 2024, no more changes can be made to 401k payroll deduction settings…

MPI Expands MP3 Primary Care Network

Kim Fay / December 4, 2023

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The Motion Picture Industry Health Plan (MPI) has expanded its Motion Picture Preferred Provider (MP3) primary care network. This means TAG members (Participants) have more options when it comes to selecting an in-network primary care provider. This expansion of providers is for those Participants who receive their MPI medical coverage through Anthem Blue Cross PPO….

Financial Assistance Resources

Kim Fay / September 19, 2023

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We know that many TAG members are being impacted by work stoppages related to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. For those who are struggling and in need of support, we have compiled a list of important resources that can provide some relief during this uncertain time.  MOTION PICTURE INDUSTRY PENSION AND HEALTH PLANS (MPI)  …

IATSE Member Census

Kim Fay / August 28, 2023

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To date 37% of TAG’s membership have taken the IATSE Member Census. Please help us reach our goal of 100% member participation. It takes just 10 minutes, and your anonymous answers to job and demographic questions will show our Union kin that TAG members take the future of our Union seriously.   How do I…

What to Know about Wage Minimums Increase

Kim Fay / August 3, 2023

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On July 30, 2023, wage minimums increased by 3 percent as per the 2021-2024 Local 839 Master Agreement. Here’s what you need to know: Does this apply to all studios? Some studios, such as Warner Animation Group, Sony Animation, and others have separate agreements with Local 839 and will see wage minimums rise on a…

Another Successful Portfolio Review Day

Kim Fay / July 31, 2023

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Once again TAG volunteers stepped up to make our 5th Annual Portfolio Review Day a huge success. Originally an in-person event, it has been virtual since the start of the pandemic, but that didn’t slow things down. With 559 submissions, more than 90 TAG volunteers gave a total of 370 reviews. “The Portfolio Review is…

TAG Resolutions Pass at D2 Convention

Kim Fay / July 26, 2023

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The 79th District 2 Convention, held June 9th–11th in Hawai’i, saw a record turnout with 235 registered delegates in attendance. The Animation Guild delegates submitted resolutions to the assembly. Below are brief summaries of the four TAG-submitted resolutions that were passed. Resolution to encourage that access, time, and accommodations be provided for expressing breast milk…