IATSE vfxunion at Siggraph 2012!

August 3, 2012

IATSE vfxunion magnets

 IATSE will be at booth #352 across from Canon on the Siggraph 2012 show floor!

IA Representative, Vanessa Holtgrewe , will be at Siggraph booth #352 with:

Mark Weingartner, VFX DP  “The Dark Knight Rises”

From Canada:  IA Rep Julia Neville, Dusty Kelly from Local 891 in Vancouver, and Christian LeMay,  Regional Business Agent  IA 667 in Montreal.

Members from the Editor’s Guild, the Animation Guild 839, and The Art Director’s Guild 800 will be there to answer all union-related questions.

If you work in the US or Canada in VFX,

If you work for a studio where your hard work pays for the benefits of another division of the company , but not your own  (Imageworks, PDI, Nickelodeon CG),

If you want to improve this industry,

Then find out about the amazing health and pension benefits of joining a union.

Come by and say hello, and get your cool “I am VFXsoldier” button and “vfxunion” magnets!


IATSE VFX Guild Meeting – 6/3

May 30, 2012

Sunday June 3rd

International Cinematographers Guild

7755 Sunset Blvd.Hollywood, California 90046

1-3 pm

Fliers have been distributed across the city announcing a meeting for all visual effects artists by the IATSE. This meeting, like the ones held at the Culver Hotel, is designed to share information about the union as well as answer any questions or concerns artists may have.

International Representatives Peter Marley and Vanessa Holtgrewe will be joined by TAG Organizer Steve Kaplan and Art Directors Guild organizer Ben Pezzillo to give a brief presentation and then hold a Q and A session after. Want to know what it would take to unionize your studio? Want to learn more about the Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plans? Bring any questions you have and get your answers directly from IA Representatives.

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VFX Union Meetup – 5/21

May 18, 2012

Monday May 21st.

Culver Hotel

9400 Culver Boulevard  Culver City, California 90232
12-3 pm

Hopefully, you’ve received one of the 500 cards and buttons we shared with our Imageworks colleagues. Have questions? Come down to the Culver Hotel on Monday afternoon and ask. Now is also the time to tell the Union what you want to see in a contract.

IATSE Representatives Vanessa Holtgrewe and Peter Marley along with TAG organizer Steve Kaplan will be back at the Culver Hotel to answer, questions, hand out rep cards, and talk about the next steps necessary to Sony to negotiate a contract for the artists at Imageworks.

This time, the meeting will be held in the dining room of the hotel which is past the lobby. Water, iced tea and lemonade will be available along with some finger-foods. A sign will be placed in the lobby pointing the way to the room.

Heard lots of rumors about healthcare, and 401k plans? Not sure how the retirement benefits work? What would you like to see them do for you? Come by and ask them in person! You don’t need to be a Sony employee to attend. All vfx artists are welcome.

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Animation Guild live and in person at Imageworks on 5/10

May 9, 2012

Because of our odd multi-tiered benefit system ay Imageworks, we have a unique opportunity on Thursday 5/10.

Steve Hulett from the Animation Guild will be live in the North building at 10am in room 2000  to talk about the SPA 401k plan.

This is the one time the company is forced to let a union representative on campus. This is a good opportunity for everyone to ask questions.


VFX Union Meetup – May 4th

May 3, 2012

Friday May 4th.

Culver Hotel

9400 Culver Boulevard  Culver City, California 90232
12-3 pm

IATSE Representatives Vanessa Holtgrewe and TAG organizer Steve Kaplan will be back at the Culver Hotel to answer, questions, hand out rep cards, and talk about the next steps necessary to Sony to negotiate a contract for the artists at Imageworks.

We’ll either be in the dining room adjacent to the lobby or the outdoor patio area facing the Pacific 12 theaters. Look for the big IATSE sign. Water, iced tea and lemonade will be available along with some finger-foods. A sign will be placed in the lobby pointing the way to the room.

Have you heard rumors about healthcare, and 401k plans? Not sure how the retirement benefits work? What would you like to see them do for you? Come by and ask them in person! You don’t need to be a Sony employee to attend. All vfx artists are welcome.

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VFX Union Meetup – 4/27

April 25, 2012

Friday April 27th.

Culver Hotel

9400 Culver Boulevard  Culver City, California 90232
12-3 pm

IATSE Representatives Vanessa Holtgrewe and Peter Marley along with TAG organizer Steve Kaplan will be back at the Culver Hotel to answer, questions, hand out rep cards, and talk about the next steps necessary to Sony to negotiate a contract for the artists at Imageworks.

This time, the meeting will be held in the dining room of the hotel. Water, iced tea and lemonade will be available along with some finger-foods. A sign will be placed in the lobby pointing the way to the room.

Heard lots of rumors about healthcare, and 401k plans? Not sure how the retirement benefits work? What would you like to see them do for you? Come by and ask them in person! You don’t need to be a Sony employee to attend. All vfx artists are welcome.

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Meeting!

April 16, 2012

Friday April 20th.

Culver Hotel

9400 Culver Boulevard  Culver City, California 90232
12-3 pm

Added on 4/19: See parking information under the map below ..

TAG organizer Steve Kaplan and IATSE Representatives Vanessa Holtgrewe and Peter Marley will be there to answer your questions and hand out rep cards (this time with postage paid envelopes!)

Heard lots of rumors about healthcare, and 401k plans? Not sure how the retirement benefits work? What would you like to see them do for you? Come by and ask them in person!

We can complain to each other all day and hope someone, someday, does something. Or, YOU can make a difference.

Besides stopping by, here’s what we need from you:

1. Tell everyone! We’re posting around the internet and talking in the halls to get the word out, and we need your help too. You could print out this post and hang it up in the halls. Help us get the word out.

2. We need volunteers willing to take back cards from Steve and hand them out at work. The discussion is out in the open now. Do not disrupt the workday with card distribution. Finish your work first, then hand out cards.

You don’t need to be a Sony employee to attend. All vfx artists are welcome.


Parking

Its best for anyone driving to the meeting to park in the Trader Joe’s lot located just east of the hotel and across the street from Imageworks, or at the Bank of America lot located on the other side of Culver across from the hotel.