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Member Spotlight: Alan Bodner

Alexandra Drosu / March 11, 2019

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Alan Bodner, art director on Tangled, recently unveiled a series of artwork that celebrates song and dance. We spoke with him about the inspiration behind it and how he approaches his work. What was the inspiration behind your recent artwork? I have had a passion for dance since childhood.  In her earlier years, my great…

Did you know? You can qualify yourself for training now!

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Up until recently, only your employer could pre-qualify you for training classes. That has changed! In the past, this process (of providing proof of 30 days worked in the past two years) was tied to registering for Skills Training. Now, TAG 839 members can prove eligibility for Skills Training through Contract Services even if they aren’t…

Family Leave – What You Need to Know

Rusteen Honardoost / February 22, 2019

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Whether you’re welcoming a new child into your home or taking care of an ill family member, the last thing you should be worrying about is your job. That is why it is important for everyone to understand what rights you and your co-workers have when it comes to Family Leave. Family Leave provides you…

Understanding Your Credit Score

Alexandra Drosu / January 28, 2019

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Did you miss the last Lunch & Learn? On Jan. 23, Brock Collins, the Senior Membership Development officer at First Entertainment, came to the Guild to help members understand their credit score better—what affects it and how you can improve your score. For those who couldn’t attend, here are a few highlights from his talk….

Dismissal Pay – What You Need to Know

Rusteen Honardoost / December 20, 2018

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If you find yourself laid off from a job at a union studio, you may be entitled to Dismissal Pay. The amount you may receive is based off how long you have worked without a break in continuous employment. For these purposes, a “break in continuous employment” includes: Voluntary resignation, discharge for cause, layoff for…

Harassment Prevention Training FAQ

Rusteen Honardoost / December 4, 2018

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1. What is Harassment Prevention training? Harassment Prevention training is a negotiated training requirement offered by Contract Services that covers how to recognize, prevent and report harassment, discrimination and retaliation. There are two online courses. Your classification or job duties will determine which course you will be required to complete. The “HP1” – Harassment Prevention…

California Bill AB 3080 Proposes End to Forced Arbitration

Rusteen Honardoost / August 9, 2018

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The California IATSE Council, of which the Animation Guild is a member, is lobbying in support of Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher’s (D-San Diego) bill AB 3080 which would end to the practice of forced arbitration clauses in employee contracts. Leaders of the #MeToo movement assert that these agreements prevent victims of sexual harassment from coming…

What To Do If You’re a Part of the Animation Wage-Fixing Lawsuit

Rusteen Honardoost / July 23, 2018

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We are hearing reports from members that the first checks in relation to the Animation Workers Antitrust Litigation have begun to arrive in the mail. These payments are from a settlement reached between the class action lawsuit and the animation studios alleged to have engaged in wage fixing. While the Animation Guild is not managing this…

SAG-AFTRA TV Animation Members Vote Yes for Strike Authorization

Rusteen Honardoost / July 19, 2018

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The Screen Actors Guild has announced that it’s members voted 98.27% in favor of a TV Animation strike authorization. The dispute concerns the guild’s new media contract which SAG-AFTRA asserts does not pay scale wages or residuals. The intent of the vote is to give the SAG-AFTRA negotiating party leverage in their negotiations with the…

How does Janus affect The Animation Guild? More Than You Think

Rusteen Honardoost / June 30, 2018

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This month the Supreme Court moved to weaken unions nationwide by ruling in the Janus case that public sector employees “no longer have to pay a so-called agency fee, typically about 80 percent of union dues, if they choose not to belong to a union.” While this ruling is limited only to our comrades in the public…

The Animation Guild Elections

Steve Hulett / November 15, 2016

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The Animation Guild’s officer elections have been taking place by mail since October 11th. On Saturday, November 12th, the ballots for Business Representative, Sergeant-At-Arms, and eleven executive board seats were counted. Here are the results. … NEW ANIMATION GUILD OFFICERS BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVE Jason MacLeod SERGEANT AT ARMS Robert St. Pierre EXECUTIVE BOARD Bronwen Barry Jeanette…

TAG Election — 12 Days Left

Steve Hulett / October 31, 2016

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The Animation Guild’s officer elections is ongoing, with competitive races for Business Representative, Sergeant-At Arms, and Executive Board Members. Ballots were mailed to members on October 11th; ballots will be counted on November 12th, 2016 by the American Arbitration Association. All ballots from active members in good standing must be received no later than November…

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