Monday, June 12, 2017

Monday, May 29, 2017

In Memoriam: Bill Littlejohn

Bill Littlejohn - image via

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 more than one third 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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Saturday, March 18, 2017

How to Plan for Negotiations

Yesterday marked the end of the first week of the Writer's Guild negotiations with the AMPTP. The DGA has already concluded their negotiations, finishing up before the New Year. While we wait to see what happens next with the WGA, here are some takeaways regarding preparing for negotiations:

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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Your Weingarten Rights

Weingarten Rights - this card may save your job!

As a union member, you have a right to union representation at certain meetings. Read more about the three rules that are collectively known as "Weingarten Rights".

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Animation Wage-Fixing Lawsuit

The wage-fixing web: chart courtesy Bloomberg Graphics

Here's what you need to know about the wage-fixing lawsuit. It's real. Make sure your contact details are correct.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

The 2017 Sci-Tech Awards

The proud winners of the 89th Academy Awards Scientific and Technical Awards (Photo by Buckner/Variety/REX/Shutterstock).

Congratulations to the winners of the Technical Achievement awards!

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Sunday, February 05, 2017

The 2017 Annie Awards

UCLA's Royce Hall was the place to be Saturday night if you like animation. Here are the winners from the 41st annual Annie Awards - congratulations to all!

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Friday, February 03, 2017

Artists, We Support You.

Executive Order 9066 led to signs like this. Let's not let this happen again.

Recent events have heightened anxieties for many. I write to remind you that we are here for the entire animation community. Here's what we provide:

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Don't Panic, Organize!

From the first day of my first IATSE General Executive Board meeting, here are my takeaways:

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Employee or Contractor?

Some studios offer work under independent contractor arrangements rather than hiring artists as employees. “1099” v. “W-2”. In most cases this is a bad deal for artists. Here are some facts:

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Working for Free - Don't.

How do you get experience if you have no experience? How do you get started working?

( Spoiler alert - I'm against working for free. )

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Monday, January 09, 2017

Unconscious Bias - it's a thing.

In Zootopia, you can be anything you want to be. Just watch out for unconscious beliefs held by others...

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Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Coming Up Roses...

John Ramirez, Mark Osborne and son at the 2017 Rose Parade.

Congratulations to Guild member John Ramirez! (shown above with the Little Prince float he designed for Netflix, photo via Tom Sito)

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