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Virtual Drink & Draw: Connecting TAG Members

Alexandra Drosu / November 8, 2021

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  The first Virtual TAG Drink & Draw hosted by engaged TAG members including Erica Smith  was held on October 28th at 7 p.m. Here Erica, who is also a WB Shop Steward and Co-Chair of the Testing Committee, shares her experience at the event. We had about 25 members show up for the event and…

Confessions of a 1st Time Phone Banker

Alexandra Drosu / October 25, 2021

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Animation writer and producer Steve Borst shares his experience phone banking as part of The Animation Guild’s Tactical Action Group. If you’re anything like me, the idea of calling strangers out of the blue might induce a little bit of… social anxiety. I’m an introvert — and considering we are a big group of creatives,…

The Animation Guild Master Agreement Signatories

Alexandra Drosu / October 12, 2021

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The Animation Guild’s Master Agreement expired on July 31, 2021, and was extended through Oct. 30, 2021. Here are the companies represented by the AMPTP in the 2018-2021 Master Agreement and signatories of this contract: 4th Floor Productions, Inc. ABC Studios Adelaide Productions, Inc. Alien Animation, LLC American Animation Institute, Inc. Animated Productions Inc. Big Indie…

Meet TAG’s Member Programs Coordinator

Alexandra Drosu / August 19, 2021

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As the Guild’s membership continues to grow, so does our need to expand the way we support members. The Executive Board is pleased to announce the newest addition to The Animation Guild’s staff, Member Programs Coordinator Jackie Huang! Tell us a little bit about yourself and your career journey. I moved to Los Angeles from…

Master Agreement Negotiations Update

Alexandra Drosu / August 2, 2021

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Our Animation Guild Master Agreement negotiations with the AMPTP (the Employers) traditionally take place after the IATSE concludes negotiations for the Basic Agreement. Our agreement references the appropriate sections of the Basic Agreement to provide MPI participation in Animation.  MPI currently has over 55,000 participants which include  members of the IATSE in sister Guilds like…

Celebrating National Parent’s Day

Alexandra Drosu / July 23, 2021

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When COVID-19 sent workers scrambling to cobble together home offices and parents rushing to set up home classrooms and day cares, the compounded impact on working parents quickly became a topic of national conversation. But, TAG’s FAM Committee has been listening to members’ stories and advocating for parental support in the workforce long before the…

Preview: 2021 District 2 Convention Resolutions

Alexandra Drosu / July 19, 2021

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The 2021 IATSE District 2 Convention will be held virtually this coming Sunday, July 25th. For the third year in a row, The Animation Guild delegation will propose a record number of resolutions to be introduced and voted on by the delegates of the IATSE Locals in Arizona, California, Hawai‘i, and Nevada that make up…

Meet TAG Organizer Ben Speight

Alexandra Drosu / July 6, 2021

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With an interest in the labor movement that dates back to his college years, Ben Speight,  our new Animation Guild organizer, shares lessons learned from his first organizing experience, why he feels that organizing is the key to reducing inequality, and his belief in the importance of committed worker activists.  Tell us a little bit…

COVID-19 Prevention Training, Contract Services, and You

Alexandra Drosu / July 5, 2021

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As studios begin asking Animation Guild members to return to work it’s important to be aware of what requirements you need to fulfill in order to do so safely.  In September 2020, the Producers and the Hollywood Unions (including The Animation Guild) agreed in the COVID-19 Return to Work Agreement that all Union members are…

Negotiations Town Hall #3 Recap: How do we win?

Alexandra Drosu / May 28, 2021

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In the previous Town Halls, we covered the broad strokes of negotiations. Panelists from the Negotiations Committee spoke about their past experiences in negotiations and shared details of the ongoing work being done in this current cycle. We also reviewed the contract negotiations process, including how proposals are created, who is in the room, and…

Negotiations Town Hall #2: What do the employers want?

Alexandra Drosu / May 10, 2021

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In our previous Town Hall “What Do We Want?,” we discussed some of the basics of negotiations and what the Guild’s goals are in each negotiations cycle. In our second town hall, “What Do the Employers Want?,” we delved into the specifics of the negotiations process through the lens of the employers. We discussed how…

Negotiations Town Hall: What do we want?

Alexandra Drosu / April 29, 2021

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On Apr. 27th, The Animation Guild held its first Town Hall in preparation for negotiations. This meeting aimed to inform members about the negotiations process, introduce the Negotiations Committee, and share details about the proposal process. If you were unable to attend the event, please take a moment to review some of the “non-sensitive” information…

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