Category: TAG News

2019 Golden Awards Honorees

Alexandra Drosu / November 4, 2019

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We would like to congratulate the 2019 Golden Awards honorees! Back row, from left: Mircea Mantta, Bill Hutten, Phil Cummings, Jan Browning, Bob Foster, Kitty Schoentag, Karl Fischer Middle row, from left: Milton Gray, David Brain, Floyd Norman, Carla Washburn, Dale Baer, Marianne Tucker, Bob Richardson, Philip Phillipson Front row, from left: Tim Walker, Robert…

Please Confirm Your Voting Status!

Alexandra Drosu / October 7, 2019

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Your vote is your voice – we want everyone that wants to vote to complete all the steps necessary to be able to vote in the 2019 TAG elections. In order to become a member in good standing of the Animation Guild, individuals must: Completely pay all dues, fees, and assessments so that no monies…

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…

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…

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…

TAG Election — 12 Days Left

Steve Hulett / October 31, 2016

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The Animation Guild’s officer elections is ongoing, with competitive races for Business Representative, Sergeant-At Arms, and Executive Board Members. Ballots were mailed to members on October 11th; ballots will be counted on November 12th, 2016 by the American Arbitration Association. All ballots from active members in good standing must be received no later than November…

Who Works Where

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… gender-wise. The Animation Guild now has 3,794 artists, writers and technicians working under its jurisdiction at studios in and around Los Angeles. Of these, slightly more than 23% are women. The female/male breakdowns at the Animation Guild’s larger signator studios are as follows: … EMPLOYMENT BY STUDIO — WOMEN — (TOTAL EMPLOYEES) Cartoon Network…

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