Category: Union News

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,…

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,…

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