Category: Union News

What does “On Call” mean?

Alexandra Drosu / September 21, 2020

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It is not uncommon for animation studios to hire employees under the “On Call” provisions of our agreement. But what exactly is “On Call”?  The Fair Labor Standards Act is the labor law that, among the many things it established, brought wage minimums and overtime into the US workplace. Since its enactment in 1938, amendments…

No on 22, Yes on 15!

Alexandra Drosu / September 8, 2020

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With all that’s in the news around this year’s election, you may not have heard much about two upcoming propositions on the ballot. To save jobs and demand good wages, the LA County Federation of Labor is recommending YES on Prop 15 and NO on Prop 22. Big corporations are spending hundreds of millions of dollars…

WFH: Can I work outside LA County?

Alexandra Drosu / July 13, 2020

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The pandemic has shown that TAG members are not only talented, but they are nimble and can transition to working effectively from home. This ability to quickly adapt to a new situation has helped sustain the animation industry when much of live-action entertainment has halted. Of course, the new situation has changed the landscape of…

Fourth of July: Know your overtime rights!

Alexandra Drosu / June 29, 2020

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Hello TAG Members, I hope this message finds you healthy and safe. I hope you are holding up well through this difficult time.  I wanted to reach out to you before the holiday weekend to refresh the conversation about holidays and the adjustment of your production schedule. At times, productions try to squeeze in 40…

Unemployment Insurances and The Cares Act: What you need to know

Alexandra Drosu / April 20, 2020

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More than 1,000 entertainment union members logged in to a Zoom meeting hosted by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor to learn more about the various programs available to them through the Employment Development Department and the federal CARES Act legislation. The special webinar was co-hosted by Hollywood labor unions, including the I.A.T.S.E., DGA…

Message from IATSE about the CARES Act

Alexandra Drosu / March 27, 2020

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In its latest response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Congress has passed a third package of emergency relief legislation, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security “CARES” Act. This bill will provide tangible and immediate economic relief for entertainment workers across the United States, many of whom found themselves out of work overnight due…

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…

New Changes to the California Unemployment Insurance online application

Alexandra Drosu / January 6, 2020

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We have heard from Local 839 members that they are finding it difficult to complete the current California Unemployment Insurance Online Application because the job classification descriptions are confusing and often irrelevant. To fix this problem, over the past eight months the California IATSE Council (CIC) and Local 839 have been working on your behalf…

Last Call – Union Plus Scholarship Applications due by Jan. 31

Alexandra Drosu / January 3, 2020

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Over 2,900 students in union families have received money for college through the Union Plus Scholarship. The online application is available each year starting in June through the deadline on January 31. You can complete the application in stages and save your answers before you submit. Who can apply: Current and retired participating union members,…

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)…

Resources for California Wildfire Victims

Alexandra Drosu / November 4, 2019

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Our hearts go out to our Union brothers and sisters who have been affected by the recent wildfires, and we wanted to share several resources that are available to them. OPTUM Optum is offering a free emotional support help line for all people impacted. This help line will provide those affected access to specially trained…

What’s AB5? Will it affect me or my loan-out company?

Alexandra Drosu / October 7, 2019

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The California Supreme Court verdict in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court addressed independent contractor classification. Employees can join unions, and receive protection through government rules on minimum wage, overtime and rest breaks. Independent contractors have none of these protections, must pay all Social Security and Medicare costs, and are ineligible for unemployment insurance….

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