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Local 40′s Special Relationship With the Towers

This year will mark ten years since the Twin Towers tragedy in New York City. When it took place, members of Ironworkers Local 40 were part of the cleanup process while millions were still mourning.

In 2007, as part of a student film series hosted by Spike Lee at New York University, several short films and documentaries were created “to reach out and connect with the victims and their community.” Showtime would air the films. One such film, “What Work Is,” told the story of Local 40.

WHAT WORK IS directed by Deena Lombardi, tells the story of the Iron Workers from New York City’s Local 40 who ran towards the Pile on September 11 and never left. Working twelve-hour days, seven days a week, they turned the Pile into the Hole. This is WHAT WORK IS.

This is the film’s trailer…

More recently, Ironworkers Local 40 has played a substantial role in the rebuilding effort at Ground Zero. They have done much of the construction at One World Trade Center (1 WTC), also referred to as the Freedom Tower.

A beautiful video has been put together that showcases Local 40′s efforts, high above the city skyline, to resurrect the tower incarnate that will be taller than the Empire State Building. Completion is expected by 2014.


One Comment on “Local 40′s Special Relationship With the Towers”

  1. IBEW Local 3 remembering and honoring the 17 (Never Forget)

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