Animation Guild

Summer 2019

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IT'S AN ELECTION YEAR! T H E L O C A L "Being on the Executive Board has given me a wider context for issues and working conditions around the industry that I was only dimly aware of before," says Brandon Jarratt, who currently sits on the Executive Board. "If you are looking to take the next step in your engagement, are passionate about advocating for your fellow workers, or have ideas about how the Guild could better serve its members, I would strongly encourage you to run for office!" For Sergeant-At-Arms Robert St. Pierre serving on the board has helped him gain greater insight into members' struggles and concerns. "I have collaborated with dedicated, proactive board members who, together, work toward identifying important issues that impact us all, and strategizing to find resolutions that meet our members needs. The growth opportunities afforded to me through our local and IATSE have allowed me to learn more about unions, about IATSE, and more about our own animation local," he says. "I would encourage any member who wants to be a positive part of the team leading the Guild to consider a run for office, but do keep in mind that some time and effort will be required to attend all Board Meetings (once a month) and General Membership Meetings (every other month), listen to fellow members and understand their needs, and take action to build a stronger community," adds Recording Secretary Paula Spence, who has served on the board for 4½ years. Have you ever thought about serving The Animation Guild's community of members? Now is your chance. Every three years, Local 839 holds elections for five officers and 11 seats on the Executive Board. Nominations for the next term will be held on Sept. 24, 2019 General Membership Meeting. 22 KEYFRAME WHAT POSITIONS CAN YOU RUN FOR? • President • Vice-President • Business Representative • Recording Secretary • Sergeant-At-Arms • 11 additional members of the Executive Board WHO'S ELIGIBLE TO RUN? • You must have joined the Guild at least two years before the date of nomination. • You must have been an active member for at least 12 months before nomination. • You must have been a member in good standing for two years before the date of nomination. HOW ARE YOU NOMINATED? Candidates can only be nominated for one position. All nominations must be made at the General Membership Meeting on Sept. 24, 2019 in person by an active member in good standing. The nominee must be present to accept the nomination; however, if they cannot attend, a nominee can signify their acceptance in writing ahead of time and submit it to Paula Spence, the Recording Secretary. WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO RUN? You are not obligated to do anything; however, candidates are encouraged to campaign for their position. Candidates will have opportunities to offer statements that will be published in a special edition of the Pegboard and online. HOW DO WE VOTE? The American Arbitration Association (A A A), the organization that ser ves as the judge of the election, will send out paper ballots sometime in mid- October. Although every member will receive a ballot, only those members who have paid their 4th quarter dues in full by 5:00 p.m. the day before the ballots are counted and certified will be allowed to vote. All ballots must be mailed back to the A A A . WHEN DO WE HEAR THE RESULTS? Results of the election will be delivered to the incumbent Recording Secretary, who will announce them at the General Membership Meeting on Nov. 26, 2019. Officers and Executive Board members will be sworn in on Dec. 3, 2019.

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