Business Manager’s Message – March 2024

Make Your Voice Heard: Vote This November

Brothers & Sisters,

Every four years we have a presidential election, and that is when most people tend to turn out to vote. And while those national elections are important, sometimes it is the regional campaigns at the state, county and city levels that can matter most.

For many of us, politics can be exhausting, and it is far too easy to get distracted by our daily lives and miss voting. But the people that get elected to these positions matter, and we can’t afford to not cast a vote.

I encourage you to take some time to research the candidates and where they stand when it comes to protecting working-class people. We need to make sure we are electing legislators at every level that will enact laws that give the middle class a chance. So, make sure this election year you are registered to vote and you make time to cast a ballot. As Abraham Lincoln once said, “Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”

New Bargaining Unit

Speaking of elections, a small group of Stage Managers at the Magic Castle voted for Local 40 to be their bargaining unit representative. This is the first time in over 25 years that the Local has organized an entire new unit. We are excited for the opportunity to improve these new members’ lives and look forward to the hard fight of negotiating their first contract. Take a look at the spotlight in this newsletter on one of these new members, Mike Hall.

Negotiations Update

Lastly, I am sure you are all aware that for the first time in nearly 40 years, Local 40 and the Basic Crafts joined the IATSE in bargaining our joint benefit plans. Wages and benefits are always top priorities, but with these negotiations we have a real opportunity ahead of us. We have been discussing the negotiations in the General Membership meetings and have been visiting members on the job to get your input. But our most useful tool has been the surveys, and we want to thank you for participating in the process. If you haven’t had a chance to take the survey, please scan the QR code below to take it now, as we look to finalize proposals and begin bargaining in the coming months.

I hope to see all of you on May 4th at our 100th Anniversary celebration and want to thank all of you for your support and solidarity.

In Solidarity,

Stephan Davis
Business Manager
Financial Secretary

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