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Honoring History, Lighting the Future: IBEW Local 40 Marks Milestone  
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Honoring History, Lighting the Future: IBEW Local 40 Marks Milestone  

By Robert Fulton  Members of IBEW Local 40 and their guests celebrated the union’s centennial with a made-for-Hollywood party on May 4.  The event actually celebrated the Local’s 101st anniversary — more on that later — and took place on the Midwest Street backlot at Warner Bros. Studios.  The party featured plenty of food and…

IBEW 40 HVAC Apprenticeship
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IBEW 40 HVAC Apprenticeship

Motion Picture Studios Electrician and HVAC Mechanic Joint Apprenticeship Committee Notice of Apprenticeship Opportunity for Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Mechanic  Notice of Apprenticeship Opportunity for Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Mechanic  No prior experience is required. This is a fully paid apprenticeship program, with all schooling included free of charge to the apprentice if selected. Upon…

A Q&A with Jesse Baron, IBEW 40’s New Training Director 
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A Q&A with Jesse Baron, IBEW 40’s 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…

IBEW gets ready for its clean, green future 
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IBEW gets ready for its clean, green future 

New technologies allow productions to ditch diesel and move to battery power  By Grant Slater  The future of the film industry is electric.  Just like the Teslas that increasingly crowd California’s highways, studios and production houses are transitioning away from gas power and toward cleaner battery-powered options.  Earlier this fall, dozens of vendors packed on…

Business Manager’s Message – December 2023
Business Manager’s Message

Business Manager’s Message – December 2023

Brothers & Sisters, This year, one of the hottest conversations in our industry revolved around the use of artificial intelligence. Whenever there are technological changes, the biggest concern is how this will impact jobs. Our industry has seen lots of new technologies, and many of them were developed specifically for making movies. One area of…

Local 40 Gets Sunset Glenoaks Studios Camera Ready
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Local 40 Gets Sunset Glenoaks Studios Camera Ready

By Oren Peleg On the site of an old gravel pit in the northern reaches of the San Fernando Valley, Local 40 members are wiring up a state-of-the-art soundstage facility to meet increasing demand for next generation production techniques. Though the project was first approved in 2015, shovels only hit the dirt in 2020 after…

Inside Construction Agreement Apprenticeship
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Inside Construction Agreement Apprenticeship

No longer accepting applications as of Dec. 8, 2023. NOTE: Before applying you will need to create an account profile. It is highly recommended to create an account before the application period to avoid any issues with your account profile during applications. Click here to create your account: https://secure2.tradeschoolinc.com/v5/ibew40-org/login/index.php Should you have questions call our…

At Universal Studios, The Work Is Building A Better Life For Local 40 Members
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At Universal Studios, The Work Is Building A Better Life For Local 40 Members

IBEW 40 members are transforming a dirt patch on a hillside along the road up to the Universal Studios parking structures into a gleaming new office building – 11 stories of glass, steel, and concrete set to open by mid 2024 that will house executive suites for the studio heads. Just behind it sits a…

IBEW 40 Member Phillip Otto:  Union Life is Giving Him the Ride of His Life
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IBEW 40 Member Phillip Otto:  Union Life is Giving Him the Ride of His Life

Phillip Otto has been an IBEW Local 40 member for just over three years. He became an electrician and joined Local 40 to better provide for his wife and three daughters.  Otto recently completed a job as a foreman for Morrow-Meadows on the new Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood. He took some time…

Local 40’s Edgar Figueroa Named 2023 Journeyman Mentor of the Year
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Local 40’s Edgar Figueroa Named 2023 Journeyman Mentor of the Year

Every weekday IBEW 40 Journeyman Electrician Edgar Figueroa drives more than 260 miles to work as a wireman, shop steward and mentor. The commute, which can creep close to three hours on the way home, doesn’t faze him. It would take a lot more to deter Figueroa from a mission that has defined his union…

Business Manager’s Message – May 2023
Business Manager’s Message

Business Manager’s Message – May 2023

Local 40 Supporting the WGA in Their Fight for a Fair Contract Dear Brothers and Sisters, Earlier this month, I had the privilege of attending the WGA’s meeting at the Shrine Auditorium regarding its ongoing strike. The WGA invited representatives from each of the Hollywood Unions & Guilds, including Local 40 and the Basic Crafts….

Burbank Vice Mayor Nick Schultz Takes His Case to IBEW Local 40 Members
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Burbank Vice Mayor Nick Schultz Takes His Case to IBEW Local 40 Members

Assembly District Hopeful Stressed Jobs, Affordability and Smart Growth By Beige Luciano-Adams Just days before announcing his candidacy for California’s 44th Assembly District, Burbank Vice Mayor Nick Schultz took his case to IBEW Local 40 members at its General Membership meeting last month to garner support, promote his economic vision, and showcase his union bona fides….

Honoring History, Lighting the Future: IBEW Local 40 Marks Milestone  

By Robert Fulton  Members of IBEW Local 40 and their guests celebrated the union’s centennial with a made-for-Hollywood party on May 4.  The event actually celebrated the Local’s 101st anniversary — more on that later — and took place on the Midwest Street backlot at Warner Bros. Studios.  The party featured plenty of food and…
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Massive UNITY Rally Kicks Off Bargaining

With contract negotiations front and center, Local 40 makes sure the studios feel the heat By Robert Fulton It’s always good to have a few friends (or a few thousand of them) in your corner. On Sunday, March 3, IBEW Local 40 and our allies in the trades kicked off a historic season of contract…
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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…
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Making Movie Magic at Universal Studios’ Lower Lot

What’s commonly referred to as the Lower Lot at Universal Studios is where the magic happens. The Upper Lot has fun rides and thrilling shows, a glitzy attraction for tourists and locals alike, but it’s the production work on the Lower Lot where programming is created to fill screens, big and small. The Universal campus…
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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…
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IBEW 40 HVAC Apprenticeship

Motion Picture Studios Electrician and HVAC Mechanic Joint Apprenticeship Committee Notice of Apprenticeship Opportunity for Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Mechanic  Notice of Apprenticeship Opportunity for Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Mechanic  No prior experience is required. This is a fully paid apprenticeship program, with all schooling included free of charge to the apprentice if selected. Upon…
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