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TAG Retirement Benefits: Your Questions Answered

Kim Fay / July 15, 2024

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In addition to health insurance coverage, one of the great benefits of working at a studio covered by the TAG union contract are the retirement benefits you have access to. What pension plans do TAG members have? The Animation Guild, Local 839 is actually connected to three retirement plan accounts. Two accounts are automatic and…

Gallery 839 Launches Superhero Project Show

Alexandra Drosu / April 8, 2024

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As a volunteer program specialist and cabin counselor at Camp Sunrise, an Ohio camp for children impacted by HIV/AIDs, Lisa Kollins thought it would be fun to ask the kids what they would look like and how they would make the world better as superheroes. This homegrown idea that started in 2017 is now known…

Verdugo Jobs Center Layoff Resources

Kim Fay / November 6, 2023

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On November 1, Tina Hartyon of the Verdugo Jobs Center led a webinar on resources available to people who have been laid off and are applying for or receiving Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Along with Hartyon, speakers included Jesse Maldonado of the Burbank Public Library’s Job Connect and Jose Sayula of EDD, Glendale Workforce. Tina…

SAG Solidarity

Alexandra Drosu / July 17, 2023

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With the announcement of a SAG-AFTRA strike, The Animation Guild stands in solidarity with SAG-AFTRA members. We recognize their invaluable contributions to the entertainment industry, and as fellow Union members, we support their collective fight to win a fair contract. Many of you may be wondering how the strike affects you and your work. Here’s what we…

MPI Open Enrollment

Kim Fay / July 3, 2023

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MPI Open Enrollment Period to be held July 1 – 21 Each year, the Motion Picture Industry Health Plan (MPIHP) holds an open enrollment period during which a participant can enroll in coverage and/or change his or her medical and/or dental plan election. If you are a COBRA participant, you may add or remove dependents…

Reflections on the D2 Convention

Kim Fay / July 5, 2022

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As we get reports back from the 2022 D2 Convention, it’s exciting to hear about all the progress and connections being made. The IATSE Women’s Committee fundraiser raised more than $1,000 for Equal Rights (among other achievements), and Nora Meek, Co-chair of TAG’s Young Workers Committee, met with editors from Local 700 (all delegates), including…

March with TAG and the IATSE this May Day!

Alexandra Drosu / April 11, 2022

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TAG members will once again be participating in the annual May Day March and Rally in Downtown Los Angeles on May 1. The Local is also a proud sponsor of the march and rally.  This year’s theme is Essential & United for Justice and we will be marching with our IATSE kin, along with hundreds…

Guild Members Show Solidarity at the #NewDeal4Animation Rally

Alexandra Drosu / March 21, 2022

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A historic Animation Guild rally took place on Sunday, March 20th, in Burbank to show solidarity with the Negotiations Committee and fuel a #NewDeal4Animation. At least 1,000 people including TAG members, animation production workers, IATSE kin, local politicians, and community members attended the inspiring event. The day kicked off at 11 a.m. with car window…

Workers at Titmouse NY unionize with TAG!

Alexandra Drosu / January 10, 2022

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TAG leadership is excited, proud and humbled to announce some momentous news in the history of The Animation Guild. For the first time since our union was chartered almost 70 years ago, Local 839 has organized a studio outside of Los Angeles County! Animation workers at Titmouse New York studios have overwhelmingly voted to join…

Celebrating National Parent’s Day

Alexandra Drosu / July 23, 2021

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When COVID-19 sent workers scrambling to cobble together home offices and parents rushing to set up home classrooms and day cares, the compounded impact on working parents quickly became a topic of national conversation. But, TAG’s FAM Committee has been listening to members’ stories and advocating for parental support in the workforce long before the…

Working Together to Stop Hate: A Statement About Anti-Asian Violence

Alexandra Drosu / March 17, 2021

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The Animation Guild condemns anti-Asian and anti-Pacific Islander violence and bigotry as a direct assault on our principles of diversity, equity, inclusion and humanity. We share a statement from Roger Oda, Co-Chair of the Guild’s People of Color Committee, rejecting these horrible actions and calling for more dialogue to fight against harmful stereotypes. Forever A…

Represent TAG at the District 2 Convention!

Alexandra Drosu / March 1, 2021

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The IATSE is made up of 12 Districts across the United States and Canada. Every year, each of the Districts hosts a convention and each local in the District sends Delegates to participate. At the 2021 Virtual District 2 Convention, TAG sent one of the largest delegations of the conference and brought four resolutions forward that…