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Meet Our New Organizer: Allison Smartt

Alexandra Drosu / October 10, 2022

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Tell us a little about your professional journey. My IATSE origin story begins like all good origin stories: in New Jersey. I was a sound engineer for a New Jersey venue, and though my position was not union-represented at the time (it has since become so, yay!), other backstage stagehand positions were. I experienced a…

Lunch & Learn Recap: Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure

Kim Fay / October 4, 2022

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On September 27, 2022, James Stewart, a professional registered parliamentarian, spoke about how and why to use Parliamentary Procedure during Union meetings, the relationship between Parliamentary Procedure and our bylaws, and more. The talk was hosted by the Young Workers Committee whose chair, Nora Meeks, introduced Stewart. Parliamentary Procedure, also known as Rules of Order,…

Lunch & Learn Recap: Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Kim Fay / August 30, 2022

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On August 24, Lori Rubinstein, Executive Director of Behind the Scenes, shared tools, resources, and information about mental health care and suicide prevention specifically for IATSE and entertainment industry workers and their families. Launched in 2019, Behind the Scenes is a mental health and suicide prevention initiative with a focus on the unique nature of…

The Animation Guild to Begin Bargaining Titmouse NY Contract

Alexandra Drosu / August 11, 2022

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On August 11 and 12, animation workers at Titmouse New York and production animation workers at Titmouse Los Angeles will begin separate negotiations for their first Union contracts with The Animation Guild (TAG), IATSE Local 839. These efforts mark a significant milestone for TAG and animation industry workers. They will also designate Titmouse as a…

Lunch & Learn Recap: Navigating the 401(k) Plan

Kim Fay / August 2, 2022

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On July 15, Bud Green, a retirement plan consultant from SageView Advisory Group, provided an overview of 401(k) plans including information on plans available to TAG members. Green’s presentation included what types of plans to choose at specific ages, what to invest, taxes, the market, and more. Your goal should be to have enough money…

Petition Alert

Kim Fay / August 1, 2022

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The LA Fed has shared an important alert from SEIU-UHW. The healthcare worker members of SEIU-UHW recently won a $25 minimum wage for private sector healthcare workers in the cities of Los Angeles and Downey. In an attempt to overturn this hard-won victory, hospital corporate executives are collecting signatures for a referendum to repeal the minimum wage law….

Lunch & Learn Recap: Buying Your First Home

Kim Fay / July 15, 2022

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On June 15, Executive Board Director Paula Spence moderated a panel of experts from First Entertainment Credit Union and Wells Fargo on home mortgages geared toward first-time home buyers. Loan Officer Edward Chou led the First Entertainment team and Private Mortgage Banker Sheila Berger led the Wells Fargo team in offering information and professional insights…

Reflections on the D2 Convention

Kim Fay / July 5, 2022

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As we get reports back from the 2022 D2 Convention, it’s exciting to hear about all the progress and connections being made. The IATSE Women’s Committee fundraiser raised more than $1,000 for Equal Rights (among other achievements), and Nora Meek, Co-chair of TAG’s Young Workers Committee, met with editors from Local 700 (all delegates), including…

Preview: 2022 District 2 Convention Resolutions

Kim Fay / June 17, 2022

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The 2022 IATSE District 2 Convention will be held in San Francisco June 24th-26th. For the fourth 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 District…

Lunch & Learn Recap: Getting Your Next Gig

Kim Fay / May 24, 2022

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On May 18, TAG Members Coordinator Jackie Huang moderated a Zoom panel on getting your next job with three TAG members: Christine Le: Storyboard Revisionist (Craig of the Creek, The Fungies, Rugrats) Danny Ducker: Executive Board Member, Cartoon Network Shop Steward, and Storyboard Supervisor (We Bare Bears, Amphibia, Fionna and Cake) Dannyd.anim@gmail.com Mira Crowell: ShadowMachine…

Lunch & Learn Recap: How to Plan & Navigate Your Retirement Journey

Kim Fay / May 23, 2022

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On April 6, Bud Green, a retirement plan consultant from SageView Advisory Group, presented an overview of fundamentals for retirement planning, including tips for Social Security and Medicare, the mechanics of 401(k) and IRA withdrawals, and balancing risks when investing. Spending and expenses When planning for retirement, there are three types of spending and expenses…

Lunch & Learn Recap: Infertility Diagnosis and Treatment

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On March 17th, in partnership with the FAM Committee, TAG hosted a virtual Lunch & Learn about infertility diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Connie Cheng, an obstetrician and gynecologist practicing at UCLA Health in the Burbank and Pasadena areas, discussed statistics, referrals, and treatment options to assist those facing infertility issues. Below is an overview of…

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