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Casting agents ready to align with Teamsters in union move

AMPTP prexy: Indie contractors can't unionize

One of the last remaining below-the-line groups not unionized, casting agents are threatening to strike if they’re not allowed to join the Teamsters, who have threatened to not cross picket lines in support of their brethren.

Local 399 in Los Angeles and Local 817 in New York are the unions casting agents are hoping to be affiliated with.

Casting agents want a union contract to enhance their benefits package, while Nick Counter, president of the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers, say agents aren’t able to unionize since many are independent contractors.

“We are here to do what we have to do to get the job done,” says Leo Reed, secretary-treasurer of Local 399.

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