Business Manager’s Message – February 2024

2024 Will Be Historic for Local 40

Brothers & Sisters,

As we look forward to what is in store for 2024, I wanted to take a moment to reflect back on 2023. At the beginning of last year, we renegotiated the Stage Managers’ and Audio Mixers’ agreement, which secured the largest increases ever to the group’s health plan and substantial pay increases. Among other things, we were also able to protect minimum call.

Over the summer, we renegotiated our Inside Construction Agreement for the second time in the last 12 months.

Over the course of those two negotiations, we were able to add waiting time penalties for late wages, and also moved the graveyard start time to 8:00 p.m. With this latest agreement, we saw some of the largest pay increases in history and added a historic, brand-new defined benefit annuity. Members working under this agreement now enjoy the increased stability this annuity provides. This benefit will give them the ability to retire as early as 55 and access to guaranteed, fixed retirement benefits, similar to the motion picture pension.

Click here for a quick reference guide on the annuity.

Most importantly though, 2023 marked the Local’s 100th year, and we planned to celebrate in grand fashion at the Warner Brothers backlot.

But as we looked to celebrate, the brothers and sisters of Local 40 and our 100-year history, the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers (AMPTP) refused to give a fair deal to the members of WGA and SAG-AFTRA, forcing them to go on strike. As we stood in solidarity with their fight for a fair contract, we made the hard decision to reschedule our 100th anniversary event to a later date after their strikes were resolved.

With 2023 now behind us, we are anticipating an eventful 2024. The Local has confirmed the new date of May 4 for the Centennial, still at the Warner Brothers backlot. We will be sending invitations out shortly. So, be sure to check your mailboxes.

Motion Picture Negotiations Update

We also have two very important negotiations this summer, with our Motion Picture Basic Agreement and our Universal Studios Supplemental Agreements both expiring on July 31, 2024.

For the first time since 1988, Local 40, Teamsters, UA, OPCIMA, LiUNA! and the IATSE will bargain pension and health benefits together with the AMPTP. Bargaining will begin for the Motion Picture Pension and Health Plan benefits, together, the first week of March.

It should be noted that while we will collaborate on our shared benefits, we will not be negotiating anything outside of the benefits for our Basic Agreement. Local 40 and the Basic Crafts look to begin full negotiations in June. Stay tuned for more updates.

2024 is already shaping up to be another historic year for the Local. I hope to see you at our Annual Golf Tournament and our 100th Anniversary Celebration.

In Solidarity,

Stephan Davis
Business Manager/Financial Secretary

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