Since we are talking contracts and negotiations right about now, it might be useful to trip back a few years and see what a few TAG minimums were, back in the day. (The day being February 1, 1965.)
Animator, Storyman, Background, Layout
Hourly: $5.365 Weekly: $214.60
1st Assist. Animator, Assist. Background, Assist. Layout
Hourly: $4.021 Weekly: $160.84
It's good to remember that in early '65 (when this contract went into effect), the entire Federal budget was a hair north of $100 billion, America was just starting to warm to the task of pissing away billions in Southeast Asia, and a dollar went a whole lot further than now.
According to the intertubes' Inflation Calculator, a wage of $160.84 in '65 would be worth $1086.61 in 2008.