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Building trades union forces Alliance to give up nearly all studio work

Photo caption: All kinds of special effects were required to create the magic of the movies. Here a crew and actors film an “underwater” scene.

Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

At the AFL convention in Denver, the building trades union succeeded in forcing the Alliance to give up nearly all studio work.

The IBEW would now do all lighting installation, leaving the IA members only the “operation of all lights and of all devices for electrical lighting and electrical effects as well as the operation of moving picture machines.”

The Carpenters would take even more of the IA’s work, leaving only property and set decorators to the Alliance.  Particularly galling to the IA was that Alliance carpenters could no longer make props out of wood or build miniature sets - work they had been doing in theatre property shops for more than 50 years.