Business Manager’s Message – January 2024

Brothers & Sisters, 

Happy New Year to you and your families. 2024 is going to be a big year for our Local, and we look forward to facing the challenges head on and seizing the opportunities that lie ahead of us. 

This summer, we have two contracts up for negotiations. These will be some of the most important negotiations in our Local’s history, and we have an opportunity ahead of us to achieve substantial gains that we have not seen in previous years. 

While negotiations are almost always difficult, we should be prepared for a battle for both of these upcoming negotiations. For us to get what we deserve, each of us should be prepared to do what it takes to fight for a deal that addresses our core concerns and secures our fair share. 

Remember, that while this fight will not be an easy one, we are on the right side of history. We are advocating for equality, dignity, and economic justice. By standing together, we can create a world where workers’ rights are protected, corporate greed is challenged, and our members are compensated fairly for their invaluable work. 

We are already preparing proposals, but we need your input on the key issues. The first thing you can do to help us in this effort is fill out our Motion Picture Basic Agreement Survey and the Universal Studios Supplemental Agreement Survey. The feedback we receive from you is invaluable in helping guide your leadership team to fight for you! 

Additionally, if you are interested in being part of the bargaining committee, please click here to let us know. 

New Training Director 

This month, we welcome current Local President and long-time instructor Jesus “Jesse” Barron in his new role as Training Director. This new role reflects his commitment to both the Local and the Training Program over the years. Jesse takes over for Louie Meza, who has done a fantastic job in his tenure as Training Director, streamlining and doubling the size of our apprenticeship program. 

Brother Meza is more than qualified to move into his new role covering Dispatch, Production and Member Services. This shift all began when Pete Diamond accepted an opportunity as a Foreman at the Fox Studio Lot. Although Pete was a valued part of the team, I am excited to see him excel in his new role and fight for the membership in a new way. 

I am confident that Jesse has the skills to build on the growth we have seen over the last six years in the Training Program and push it even further. Get to know Brother Baron and his plans for IBEW 40 training programs in this Q&A

I encourage each of you to stay informed and engaged. Attend union meetings, participate in discussions, and share your experiences. We must continue to support one another, stand up for our rights, and make our demands heard. 

Lastly, we plan on having some fresh new classes this spring, so please stay tuned for updates. 

Thank you for your unwavering support and dedication. Let’s enter this New Year in solidarity and continue to march forward.

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