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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…

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…

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…

How does Janus affect The Animation Guild? More Than You Think

Rusteen Honardoost / June 30, 2018

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This month the Supreme Court moved to weaken unions nationwide by ruling in the Janus case that public sector employees “no longer have to pay a so-called agency fee, typically about 80 percent of union dues, if they choose not to belong to a union.” While this ruling is limited only to our comrades in the public…

Who Works Where

Steve Hulett / October 31, 2016

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… gender-wise. The Animation Guild now has 3,794 artists, writers and technicians working under its jurisdiction at studios in and around Los Angeles. Of these, slightly more than 23% are women. The female/male breakdowns at the Animation Guild’s larger signator studios are as follows: … EMPLOYMENT BY STUDIO — WOMEN — (TOTAL EMPLOYEES) Cartoon Network…

The Guild Contract … One Year In

Steve Hulett / July 5, 2016

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THE 2015-2018 ANIMATION GUILD CONTRACT We are now twelve months into the latest Animation Guild contract, one of the best the Guild has negotiated in long time. 365 days ago: There are no rollbacks in wage minimums, and TAG negotiated higher contribution hours for storyboard artists working under “unit rates”, as well as improved hours…

TAG at CTN 2015!

Steve Kaplan / November 20, 2015

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The Animation Guild is happy to be attending the CTN Animation Expo this weekend at the Burbank Marriott Hotel. For the sixth year in a row, we look forward to speaking with animation professionals and enthusiasts, sharing how we strive to keep the benefits and workplace conditions in the animation industry the best they possibly…

Film Roman Purchase

Steve Hulett / November 13, 2015

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This has been in the offing for some time: Waterman Entertainment has bought Film Roman — best known as the source animator for “The Simpsons” — for an undisclosed price from Starz Media. Waterman is headed by Steve Waterman, who has exec producer credits on “Stuart Little” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks.” Film Roman’s Dana…

TSL Negotiations Moved to 2016

Steve Kaplan / November 4, 2015

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The Guild has just received word that the up-coming negotiations between the IATSE and Walt Disney Feature Animation has been rescheduled for 2016. In the October Pegboard, the lead article spoke of the impending negotiations being scheduled for the month of November. Unfortunately, it seems schedules have conflicted and the negotiations are going to be…

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