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Upcoming Primaries – What you need to know, What can you do!

Alexandra Drosu / February 18, 2020

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Super Tuesday is almost here! On March 3rd, 14 states including California will vote in the Democratic primaries and 13 states will vote in the Republican primaries. Moreover, California Assemblywoman Christy Smith (D) is running in the special election to replace Katie Hill in the 25th District.  The special election will also be held on…

Committee Updates – Feb. 3, 2020

Alexandra Drosu / February 3, 2020

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Animator’s Committee We will be having our first quarter Animators meeting at the guild February 18th, also known as international wine day! As always, union and non-union animators, compositors, and FX folk are welcome to attend! Please RSVP to rsvp@tag839.org Color Designer Committee The Color Designer Committee has launched their new online campaign #CreditColorDesigners. Each Friday…

Meet the New E-Board: Stephen Silver

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Tell us a little bit about your background. Art school was not in my cards. I drew for my high school newspaper and soon after graduating and attempting to fit in a community college, I dropped out and started my professional career at the age of 18 drawing caricatures in amusement parks. I started my…

Union Plus Offers a Free Boost to More Benefits

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Union Plus is a non-profit benefit program for U.S.-based union members (current and retired) and their families. There’s no cost to join and no waiting period. All you have to do is create a profile and get started. Some of the most popular Union Plus savings benefits include:  Savings on auto, homeowners, renters and even…

Committee Updates: January 2020

Alexandra Drosu / January 21, 2020

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Animator’s Committee The Animators Committee has a meeting at the Guild hall Tuesday, February 18, 7 pm. Contact animatorscommittee@gmail.com if you are interested in attending. Color Designer’s Committee We are still actively reaching out and seeking Color Designers to contribute portfolio images in order to be highlighted in our Committee’s social media campaign. Email us at colorisdesign839@gmail.com. Family…

Inter-IA Collaboration: Working together towards a common goal

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We had a diverse group of over two dozen IATSE members join us for the sign making party co-hosted by the Color Designers committee. Members in attendance came from Locals 33, 44, 729, 800, 871, 839 and 892. Several of these Locals also chipped in by helping to supply materials, including Local 700, who generously…

Meet the E-Board: Recording Secretary Paula Spence

Alexandra Drosu / January 6, 2020

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Tell us a little bit about your background. I am very fortunate to have grown up with plenty of freedom and encouragement in a family that includes some artists among a wide range of hard workers, and I got my first job as an artist right after graduating high school.  I worked at an educational…

New Changes to the California Unemployment Insurance online application

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We have heard from Local 839 members that they are finding it difficult to complete the current California Unemployment Insurance Online Application because the job classification descriptions are confusing and often irrelevant. To fix this problem, over the past eight months the California IATSE Council (CIC) and Local 839 have been working on your behalf…

Last Call – Union Plus Scholarship Applications due by Jan. 31

Alexandra Drosu / January 3, 2020

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Over 2,900 students in union families have received money for college through the Union Plus Scholarship. The online application is available each year starting in June through the deadline on January 31. You can complete the application in stages and save your answers before you submit. Who can apply: Current and retired participating union members,…

Meet the New Executive Board: Emily Walus

Alexandra Drosu / December 16, 2019

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Tell us a little about your background. I graduated with an Illustration degree from RISD and, not really knowing what I wanted to do with my life, moved out to LA. About a year later, I happened to be in the right place at the right time, and started working as a background designer on…

Committee Updates

Alexandra Drosu / November 18, 2019

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Animator Committee The committee recently completed a survey with more than 100 respondents. They will be sharing their findings with the TAG community shortly. The committee will also be launching an Instagram page this January featuring the work of animators. If you would like to submit to be featured on social media, please email animatorscommittee@gmail.com….

TAG in the Community: Joseph Statom

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Statom, an animator and visual effects artist, attended the “Rally of Justice” on Nov. 9, 2019 in support of immigrant rights and equality. “It was a great experience.  It’s always inspiring to see all the different types of unions we have in LA,” says Statom. “I watched Poncho Sanchez perform with a 100 percent union…

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