Sunday, March 25, 2018

Employment and Gender Diversity

The Animation Guild now has approximately 4230 artists, writers and technicians under its jurisdiction at studios in and around Los Angeles. Of these, slightly more than 25% are women.

The female/male breakdowns at the Animation Guild's larger signator studios are as follows: ...

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Los Angeles Times journalists vote 248-44 to unionize

The iconic LA Times Building. photo courtesy of nextimage3d.

Journalists at the Los Angeles Times have overwhelmingly elected to form a union, voting 248 to 44 to be represented by the NewsGuild Communication Workers of America.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Job Posting: Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant

The Animation Guild is seeking an administrative assistant.

Administrative assistants provide administrative services in support of the Animation Guild membership and staff to accomplish the organization’s goals.

Based in Burbank, CA, the Animation Guild is Local 839 of the IATSE, and is a 501(c)(5) non-profit. Local 839 represents over 4,000 Los Angeles animation artists, technicians and writers in the entertainment industry.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

2017 Wage Survey Results

2017 Wage Survey - image courtesy
Thanks to everyone that completed the 2017 on-line wage survey! A record number of responses were received this year!
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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!

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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

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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


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.

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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

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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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