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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)…

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…

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…

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