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NM Film Adds $500M to NM Economy
From The New Mexico State Film Office Record-Shattering Year for Film Industry in New Mexico with Half a Billion Dollars Injected Into NM Economy by Film Industry.
New Mexico’s film industry injected $505 million (more than a half a billion dollars) into the economy last year, shattering the previous record by more than $115 million. This news comes shortly after the U.S. Department of Commerce ranked New Mexico’s economy the third-fastest growing in the nation and seventh in the nation for private-sector job growth. The data shows that the industry continues to support more jobs, with over 448,304 worker days in FY17. Local 492 had about 300 Teamsters working in the NM film Industry last year.
Brian O'Leary, Senior Vice President Tax NBCUniversal said, “The stability of the tax credit program, an expanding and increasingly skilled local workforce, and best in class industry support from the New Mexico film office are just some of the critical elements that have led to a thriving industry cluster in New Mexico.”
In FY17 alone, TV series and pilots produced in New Mexico included: Better Call Saul, Season 3 (AMC), The Night Shift, Season 4, Midnight, Texas, Season 1 and The Brave, Season 1 (all 3 from NBC), Longmire, Season 6 (Netflix), Graves, Season 2 (EPIX), The Girlfriend Experience, Season 2 (STARZ), Waco, Mini-Series (Paramount TV Network), The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Netflix), Get Shorty, Season 1 (EPIX), Logan (Twenty Century Fox), Godless (Netflix), Woman Walks Ahead (Black Bicycle Entertainment), Hostiles (Yellow Hawk, Inc.), Scalped pilot (Horizon Scripted Television), Soldado (Black Label Media), T@gged Season 2 (Dreamworks), Monster of God pilot (TNT), Mission Control pilot (CBS), Villa Capri (Broad Green Pictures), Cliffs of Freedom (Freedom Films, LLC), Horse Soldiers (Jerry Bruckheimer Films).
“New Mexico’s film and television industry is continuing to diversify our economy and create good jobs for New Mexicans,” said Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Matt Geisel. “New Mexico’s unique natural wonders, powerful incentives and incredible workforce are continuing to drive our state forward.”
“Continued growth in the industry means not only dollars into the economy, but also more employment opportunities for New Mexicans,” said New Mexico State Film Office Director Nick Maniatis. “This is the diversity the New Mexico economy needs and we are proud of the hard work and dedication our citizens have provided to build the industry in our state.”
YRC 2017 Change Of Operations Info
The IBT has been advised that YRC Freight is mailing its proposed multi-region network enhancement change of operations and utility employee change of operations. The Company is requesting a hearing date of August 24, 2017.
Below are links to the documents about both proposed changes in operations.
Movies/Film Equipment Training @ 492
The Teamster Local 492 Film Division held a training class on Saturday June 17, 2017 at Santa Fe Studios to help Teamster drivers learn more about some of the common equipment operated by Teamsters in the NM Film industry. With hands on training, the 31 participants spent about 7 hours learning how to operate Honeywagons, Water Trucks, and Landalls. See more pictures here. The film equipment training class was a first of its kind for Local 492, which was put together by our Film Division Business Agent Melissa A. Malcom. We would like to thank her for all the time she spent organizing & putting this class together, creating teaching materials, and donating her weekend for the class.
We would also like to thank our fellow 492 Film Division drivers; Kip Wolverton (who taught the water truck class), Harold Martinez (who taught the Landall class), and Josh Hauser (who taught the Honeywagon class). We could not have done this without these men donating their time, skills and great knowledge of this equipment for this event! Thanks to Business Agent Trey White for coming up to Santa Fe on Saturday to help out!
A special thanks to all the vendors who donated the equipment and studio space for the class:
Honeywagon- Mark Russell (Reel Trucks), Landall and Tractor- Mario Medina (Advantage Paving), Water Trucks- Elliott Locations & Eric Rivera, and P-Mo- Mike Russell (MBR). Also thank you very much to Octavio Marin of Santa Fe Studios for the space to train on this big equipment. We definitely needed the large area Santa Fe Studios donated for the day.
Thanks to all that participated, it all went off perfectly, other than it was a very hot day, and so we appreciate all of you sticking it out for the entire day!
Teamsters Monitor UPS Testing of Drones
The ongoing development of drone technology – or unmanned aerial vehicles – raises important questions and challenges for Teamster members at UPS. Earlier this year, the company tested a drone that launches from the top of a package car.
A new article out last week explores the use of automation as the future of parcel delivery.
“The Teamsters Package Division and the union as a whole are deeply engaged in monitoring these technological developments and strategically preparing for the future, with a particular focus on the impact automation could have on our members at UPS and the entire package delivery industry,” said Sean O’Brien, Director of the Teamsters Package Division.
Working with allies and lawmakers, the union is proactively planning on how to respond to this new technology in order to protect UPS Teamsters who may be impacted by automation. The union is also analyzing the safety impact of drones and other automated technology to explore how these issues might be addressed in future bargaining.
Recent FAA-commissioned findings looked at the dangers of drones injuring humans, which seems to be a likely scenario if drones are used in ground-level package delivery. The report also raised concerns about packages being dropped from drones: “For some UAS [unmanned aircraft systems] applications, such as delivery services, there is a risk of losing the payload in flight. If one of these 5-lbs. payloads were to drop from the UAS, it could cause serious injury.”
“For all the hype around drones, there is still a lot of uncertainty and time before this technology can be used to make package deliveries to homes. In the meantime, we have to recognize the role of technology when it improves our lives and working conditions but also fight back when technological changes threaten our jobs and puts the community at risk,” O’Brien said.