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Verdugo Jobs Center Layoff Resources

Kim Fay / November 6, 2023

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On November 1, Tina Hartyon of the Verdugo Jobs Center led a webinar on resources available to people who have been laid off and are applying for or receiving Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Along with Hartyon, speakers included Jesse Maldonado of the Burbank Public Library’s Job Connect and Jose Sayula of EDD, Glendale Workforce. Tina…

Financial Assistance Resources

Kim Fay / September 19, 2023

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We know that many TAG members are being impacted by work stoppages related to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. For those who are struggling and in need of support, we have compiled a list of important resources that can provide some relief during this uncertain time.  MOTION PICTURE INDUSTRY PENSION AND HEALTH PLANS (MPI)  …

Lunch & Learn Recap: Side Hustles Teaching

Kim Fay / August 31, 2023

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On August 23, TAG Member Programs Coordinator Jackie Huang led a panel on teaching as a side hustle with TAG members Mauricio Abril, Lindsey Pollard, and Angela Sung. Panelists shared how they got started, the challenges they’ve faced, the rewards of teaching, and more. Mauricio Abril has taught classes at CG Master Academy (CGMA), Brainstorm,…

IATSE Member Census

Kim Fay / August 28, 2023

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To date 37% of TAG’s membership have taken the IATSE Member Census. Please help us reach our goal of 100% member participation. It takes just 10 minutes, and your anonymous answers to job and demographic questions will show our Union kin that TAG members take the future of our Union seriously.   How do I…

Lunch & Learn Recap: Level Up: Career Longevity

Kim Fay / August 3, 2023

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On Wednesday, July 12, 2023, TAG members Kimson Albert, Amber Hardin, and Paula Spence participated in a Q&A about career longevity, led by TAG Member Programs Coordinator Jackie Huang. Panelists discussed how to sustain an enduring—and satisfying—animation career, as well as shared experiences from their own multi-decade careers in the industry. Panelists: Kimson Albert Timing…

What to Know about Wage Minimums Increase

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On July 30, 2023, wage minimums increased by 3 percent as per the 2021-2024 Local 839 Master Agreement. Here’s what you need to know: Does this apply to all studios? Some studios, such as Warner Animation Group, Sony Animation, and others have separate agreements with Local 839 and will see wage minimums rise on a…

Another Successful Portfolio Review Day

Kim Fay / July 31, 2023

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Once again TAG volunteers stepped up to make our 5th Annual Portfolio Review Day a huge success. Originally an in-person event, it has been virtual since the start of the pandemic, but that didn’t slow things down. With 559 submissions, more than 90 TAG volunteers gave a total of 370 reviews. “The Portfolio Review is…

TAG Resolutions Pass at D2 Convention

Kim Fay / July 26, 2023

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The 79th District 2 Convention, held June 9th–11th in Hawai’i, saw a record turnout with 235 registered delegates in attendance. The Animation Guild delegates submitted resolutions to the assembly. Below are brief summaries of the four TAG-submitted resolutions that were passed. Resolution to encourage that access, time, and accommodations be provided for expressing breast milk…

SAG Solidarity

Alexandra Drosu / July 17, 2023

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With the announcement of a SAG-AFTRA strike, The Animation Guild stands in solidarity with SAG-AFTRA members. We recognize their invaluable contributions to the entertainment industry, and as fellow Union members, we support their collective fight to win a fair contract. Many of you may be wondering how the strike affects you and your work. Here’s what we…

MPI Open Enrollment

Kim Fay / July 3, 2023

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MPI Open Enrollment Period to be held July 1 – 21 Each year, the Motion Picture Industry Health Plan (MPIHP) holds an open enrollment period during which a participant can enroll in coverage and/or change his or her medical and/or dental plan election. If you are a COBRA participant, you may add or remove dependents…

Returning to Hulett Hall

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On May 30, dozens of TAG members returned to Hulett Hall at The Animation Guild building for the first in-person General Membership (GMM) since the start of the pandemic. As with most events these days, it looked a little different. As of now, GMMs are hybrid—members can come in person or attend on Zoom. But…

WGA Solidarity

Kim Fay / June 28, 2023

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On June 27, TAG member activists coordinated another show of support for WGA writers in front of Disney.  “The picket line meet-ups started with a simple idea I had after joining the strike lines early on,” says TAG member Janis Robertson. “I got some info at a Town Hall, bounced my idea off Joey Clift,…