Sunday, October 15, 2017

Mustang: Crew strikes, achieves union contract w/ benefits

Organizing is a key piece of preserving union wages, benefits and working conditions.
Last week, crew members on the Legende Films production of Mustang walked off the set, on strike for benefits and better working conditions. On Thursday, an IATSE contract was successfully negotiated and production resumed with a union crew! Kudos to IATSE International Representative Jamie Fry (@the_Jamie Fry) and all those that helped with the effort!

http://deadline.com/2017/10/iatse-pickets-mustang-movie-wins-contract-focus-features-1202188155/


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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Why Janus vs. AFSCME matters to you

The President and the nine Justices of the Supreme Court -
photo by Fred Schilling / Supreme Court via AP

Janus vs. AFSCME is a landmark case that the Supreme Court was deadlocked on ( 4-4 ) after Justice Antonin Scalia unexpectedly died in February 2016. With the recent appointment of conservative Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, there's likely to be a ruling.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

2017 Creative Arts Emmy Awards - Night 1

Emmy statuettes - Rex/Shutterstock
Night 1 of the Creative Arts Emmys had a lot of great animation recognized! "Bob's Burgers" won Outstanding Animated Program (Fox, Bento Box) for the second time (also won in 2014). Read on for more winners...

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The 2017 Wage Survey

'Wage" by Brooke Novak on Flickr
The annual wage survey should have arrived in your e-mail box on Tuesday. Your participation in this anonymous survey of wages (and the Guild's reporting out of results) helps you negotiate on more equal footing the next time you look for a job.

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Monday, August 07, 2017

Wage Stagnation

From http://www.epi.org/publication/charting-wage-stagnation/

Wage stagnation is a problem for everybody, including recent college graduates.

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Standard CBA minimums go up on July 30, 2017.

image courtesy of memberclicks.com.

On Sunday, July 30, 2017, wage minimums in the Local 839 Master Agreement and the Nickelodeon Agreement increase. The increase to the minimums will be three percent.

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Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Congratulations, Tom Sito!

TAG President Emeritus Tom Sito (photo courtesy USC)


On June 29, 2017, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its newly elected 2017–18 Board of Governors...

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Saturday, July 01, 2017

Job Posting: The Animation Guild is hiring a Magazine Editor

Help Local 839 fill in the blanks and get some color in here.


The Animation Guild is hiring a Magazine Editor for a new quarterly publication.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Monday, May 29, 2017

In Memoriam: Bill Littlejohn

Bill Littlejohn - image via awn.com

Aeronautical engineer, Army test pilot, animator on "Peanuts" and ASIFA-Hollywood co-founder.

And of course, union organizer too. Thank you, Bill Littlejohn!

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Variety's "10 Animators to Watch" 2017

The 2017 Variety "10 Animators to Watch" Honorees
Amazing talent was celebrated a couple weeks ago at Quixote Studios. The 3rd annual Variety's "Ten Animators to Watch" event was a sneak peek at a bunch of names that you will no doubt be seeing more of in the future...

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Monday, April 24, 2017

No Strike - No Lockout: What Does It Mean?


The Union agrees during the existence of this Agreement, unless the Producer fails to comply with an arbitration award, not to strike against, picket or boycott the Producer for any reason whatsoever, and to order its members to perform their obligations to the Producer hereunder and to use its best efforts to get the employees to perform such obligations.
Article 21J, TAG-Local 839 Master Agreement, (page 104)


No Strike, No Lockout is a common clause in labor agreements. Local 839 has one in every agreement - but we're certainly not alone in this. 

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Thursday, April 06, 2017

Why You Should Ask For More

The TAG-Local 839 Master Agreement. No upper limits.
All our contracts are written so that there is no upper limit on the benefits or wages you may negotiate. The key phrase is "better conditions..." - and you can find it on page 6...

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Monday, March 27, 2017

How Residuals Keep Your Health Plan Strong

Residuals were nearly one quarter of MPIPHP funding in 2016.
source: MPIPHP / Local 871 Pre-Retirement Seminar

I was talking with an artist the other day, and she asked "Why don't we get residuals? "We do," I said, "just not in the way you think."


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