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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…

Returning to Hulett Hall

Kim Fay / July 3, 2023

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On May 30, dozens of TAG members returned to Hulett Hall at The Animation Guild building for the first in-person General Membership (GMM) since the start of the pandemic. As with most events these days, it looked a little different. As of now, GMMs are hybrid—members can come in person or attend on Zoom. But…

WGA Solidarity

Kim Fay / June 28, 2023

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On June 27, TAG member activists coordinated another show of support for WGA writers in front of Disney.  “The picket line meet-ups started with a simple idea I had after joining the strike lines early on,” says TAG member Janis Robertson. “I got some info at a Town Hall, bounced my idea off Joey Clift,…

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…

TAG Supports Disney Animation Production Workers

Kim Fay / April 10, 2023

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At noon on April 3, The Animation Guild leadership and TAG’s Walt Disney Animation Studios artists joined Walt Disney Animation Studios production workers in a Solidarity Walk at Disney Studios. A supermajority of the production workers has expressed their interest in being represented by the Union, and the walk was in response to studio leadership’s…

Become a D2 Convention Delegate

Kim Fay / March 10, 2023

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Every year The Animation Guild sends Delegates to the IATSE District 2 Convention. This year’s convention will take place in Hawaii from June 9 – 11. For a glimpse of TAG at last year’s convention, check out this terrific comic created by TAG member Kris Mukai.    If you are interested in being a delegate,…