Category: Union News

Congressman Schiff meets with IATSE leaders

Alexandra Drosu / August 12, 2019

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Last Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, Congressman Adam Schiff met with a group of Union organizers and representatives to discuss upcoming legislation, the importance of voting and concerns within the entertainment community. Schiff asked the question, “What is America?” Reminding those gathered to consider our collective values and understand what is at stake in the 2020…

New Pilot Craft Representatives Program

Alexandra Drosu / July 29, 2019

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The Storyboard Committee is launching a new Craft Representative Program. We’re focusing on Storyboard Artists at three studios to test out this pilot program: Cartoon Network, Bento Box Entertainment and DreamWorks.  The goal is to find a Craft Rep volunteer on each show within each studio. In addition to Shop Stewards who can answer questions…

TAG members sworn in as LA County Fed delegates

Alexandra Drosu / July 15, 2019

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Today, five members/employees of Local 839 will be sworn in as delegates to the LA County Federation of Labor and next month another five will be sworn in to fill a total of 10 spots. Delegates include Robert St. Pierre, Leslie Simmons, Ruolin Li, Steve Kaplan, Lars Ingelman, Charlotte Jackson, Emily Walus, Jeanette King, Joseph Statom and Scott Carpenter. Every month, pursuant to their constitution,…

The PAL Committee Needs You

Alexandra Drosu / June 17, 2019

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The Animation Guild’s Political Action League (PAL) is seeking recruits to help strengthen our committee and union. If you’re concerned with how federal and state legislation is impacting unions’ and workers’ rights, the attacks on our health plans and pensions, or the stability of important programs like Social Security and Medicare, then this is your…

TAG Sponsors Two Resolutions for District 2 Convention

Alexandra Drosu / June 3, 2019

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For the first time in recent history, The Animation Guild delegates will be proposing not one but two resolutions at the upcoming IATSE District 2 convention in Hawai’i (June 7-9). “By doing so, we’re becoming more vocal members of the IATSE community and we’re representing our members’ concerns in an actionable way,” says Kristin Donner,…

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…

In Memory of Michael Four

Jason MacLeod / November 27, 2018

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It is with great regret and sadness that we report the death of Michael Four, lead counsel for the Animation Guild (pictured above with the TAG Negotiations committee, eighth from the right). Michael spent 37 years fighting tirelessly for the rights of working people across the nation. He spent his entire career with our firm,…

TAG Contract Ratified

Jason MacLeod / October 25, 2018

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Los Angeles (October 26, 2018) – The members of the Animation Guild, IATSE Local 839 (TAG), have ratified a new three-year deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). TAG membership voted decidedly in favor of ratification. Of the 1081 valid votes cast there were 868 “yes” votes (80.2%) and 213 “no”…

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…

Update on Negotiations – End of July 2018

Jason MacLeod / July 31, 2018

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Last Thursday morning, the IATSE Basic negotiations concluded. While our own negotiations are still planned for August 28-30, here are the terms of the tentative IATSE Basic Agreement that most directly relate to Animation Guild members. Key Gains: No reductions to health and pension. For retirees, 13th and 14th checks continue for those that have qualified for them,…

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…

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