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Paying Tribute

Alexandra Drosu / January 19, 2021

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For the last 25 years, The Animation Guild and ASIFA-Hollywood have hosted an Afternoon of Remembrance, a yearly, non-denominational event honoring those in the animation industry who have passed away. This year the event will be held virtually on January 30 and those who would like to attend can register at tiny.cc/TAGAOR. Here, we pay tribute…

TAG Members Reveal New Year Resolutions for 2021

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It’s the start of a new year and most of us couldn’t wait for the clock to strike midnight so we could welcome 2021. We asked a few Animation Guild members to share their WFH New Year’s resolutions. Here are some of their answers. “My WFH-related resolution will be 1 minute of squat, 1 minute…

CG Artists Come Together: New Committee Formed

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Many crafts within the Animation Guild have come together to connect, identify craft-specific needs and work together towards mutual goals. However, there was one significant group of TAG members who weren’t being represented—CG artists. “The general membership meetings are great to get an overview of important things going on in the guild, but many of…

Home for the Holidays: Staying away from work can be hard!

Alexandra Drosu / December 14, 2020

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Chances are, you’ve been working from home for the past nine months. Half-dressed kids or needy pets still occasionally pop up in your Zoom meetings, but overall, TAG members have done a pretty good job of creating a healthy work-life balance. But what if you want to tip that scale completely to one side and…

Support the IATSE Toy Drive

Alexandra Drosu / December 8, 2020

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our IATSE Live Entertainment Union sisters and brothers have faced prolonged unemployment with an unforeseeable end in sight. As we all know, the ramifications of long term unemployment can be devastating. For those of us who have been lucky enough to weather the COVID-19 storm, this is our chance to…

Asked for your “take” on existing IP? Make sure to get paid!

Alexandra Drosu / November 16, 2020

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If you are an Animation Writer (who is not a weekly employee) and you are being asked to pitch for an Intellectual Property owned by a studio, it’s time you get paid for your work. Employers are required to pay for all time worked excluding meetings considered to be de minimis (short meetings where no…

TAG Resolutions Pass at D2 Convention

Alexandra Drosu / November 2, 2020

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At the recent D2 Convention held on Saturday, October 24th, The Animation Guild delegates submitted four resolutions to the assembly and all four passed. Here we briefly summarize the resolutions. Resolution to Research Health Insurance Inclusion of Autism Spectrum Disorder Screening, Diagnosis,  Treatment, and Intervention In Our Health Insurance Plans IATSE members and their dependents…

Returning to Work Safely

Alexandra Drosu / October 2, 2020

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Recently, a multi-union coalition composed of representatives from the IATSE, DGA, SAG-AFTRA, the Teamsters, and the Hollywood Basic Crafts negotiated a set of return to work policies and protocols in order to provide a unified set of rules to follow for returning the entertainment industry back to work. IATSE President Matthew Loeb entered the negotiations…

Helping Members Stay Active

Alexandra Drosu / September 21, 2020

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Teri Cusumano shares details of a new proposal the Family and Membership Committee will be presenting to the membership at the General Membership Meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 29th. For the last nine months, I have been on maternity leave. Although I had to step away from work temporarily in order to adequately care for my…

What does “On Call” mean?

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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…

Third Period Wage Increases Begin on Aug. 3!

Alexandra Drosu / July 27, 2020

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As of August 3, 2020, wage minimums will increase by 3 percent as per the 2018-2021 Local 839 Master Agreement. Here’s what you need to know: Does this apply to all studios? Some studios, such as Warner Animation Group, The Secret Lab and Sony Animation, have separate agreements with Local 839 and will see wages…

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