Category: Union News

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….

Please Confirm Your Voting Status!

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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…

2019 TAG Officer Elections: Rules and Procedures

Alexandra Drosu / September 9, 2019

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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….

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,…

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