Category: TAG News

Helping Members Stay Active

Alexandra Drosu / September 21, 2020

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Teri Cusumano shares details of a new proposal the Family and Membership Committee will be presenting to the membership at the General Membership Meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 29th. For the last nine months, I have been on maternity leave. Although I had to step away from work temporarily in order to adequately care for my…

Third Period Wage Increases Begin on Aug. 3!

Alexandra Drosu / July 27, 2020

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As of August 3, 2020, wage minimums will increase by 3 percent as per the 2018-2021 Local 839 Master Agreement. Here’s what you need to know: Does this apply to all studios? Some studios, such as Warner Animation Group, The Secret Lab and Sony Animation, have separate agreements with Local 839 and will see wages…

News & Updates – This Week @ TAG

Alexandra Drosu / June 29, 2020

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Union Plus Legal Program   Union members are on the front lines of the response to our nation’s public health crisis. MetLife’s Legal Attorney Network is offering union members free legal document review, consultations, and advice through July 31, 2020 for many issues, including:  Healthcare proxies or other estate planning  Home refinancing or personal insurance forms  Elder law…

Fourth of July: Know your overtime rights!

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Hello TAG Members, I hope this message finds you healthy and safe. I hope you are holding up well through this difficult time.  I wanted to reach out to you before the holiday weekend to refresh the conversation about holidays and the adjustment of your production schedule. At times, productions try to squeeze in 40…

A Letter in Support of Black Lives and Justice

Alexandra Drosu / June 5, 2020

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Earlier this week, The Animation Guild expressed its unequivocal support of Black communities over social media; however, we felt it crucial to take a deeper dive into this painful topic and the ways in which our union can do better.  We are profoundly saddened and outraged by the senseless killing of George Floyd and condemn the…

BentoBox Grievance Successfully Resolved

Alexandra Drosu / June 1, 2020

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In October 2019, several TAG members working at BentoBox shared an issue with Guild leadership—color designers were doing background design work but not being categorized in the correct classification. After entering into a grievance process with the studio, the issue has now been amicably resolved as follows:   As of January 1, 2020, Color Designers…

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…

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…

Coronavirus: Updates from the Animation Guild

Alexandra Drosu / March 13, 2020

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Coronavirus: Updates from the Animation Guild The safety and wellbeing of the animation community is a top priority. We have been actively reviewing California state, federal and global recommendations as we navigate this unprecedented situation. We recognize that many members may have questions and concerns and we’d like to address some of the most pressing…

Upcoming Primaries – What you need to know, What can you do!

Alexandra Drosu / February 18, 2020

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Super Tuesday is almost here! On March 3rd, 14 states including California will vote in the Democratic primaries and 13 states will vote in the Republican primaries. Moreover, California Assemblywoman Christy Smith (D) is running in the special election to replace Katie Hill in the 25th District.  The special election will also be held on…

Union Plus Offers a Free Boost to More Benefits

Alexandra Drosu / February 3, 2020

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Union Plus is a non-profit benefit program for U.S.-based union members (current and retired) and their families. There’s no cost to join and no waiting period. All you have to do is create a profile and get started. Some of the most popular Union Plus savings benefits include:  Savings on auto, homeowners, renters and even…

Congratulations to our newly elected Executive Board and Officers!

Alexandra Drosu / November 11, 2019

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We are pleased to announce the results of the 2019 Animation Guild Officers and Executive Board election. We applaud all the candidates who took the initiative to run for office and represent the interests of our diverse and talented membership.    The following Guild members were elected as officers:   President Jeanette Moreno King (464)…

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