Casting crew OKs pact

Approval came Sunday afternoon in a 248-3 vote

Hollywood casting directors and associates have approved overwhelmingly their first contract with studios and networks, covering about 400 employees.

Approval came Sunday afternoon in a 248-3 vote in a confab at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, Calif. Casting directors will also vote in New York on Tuesday, but that will be a formality as there aren’t enough votes to override Sunday’s results.

Pact was finalized in December in the fourth round of contract negotiations, which launched in early October, between the Intl. Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers.

Commencing Feb. 1 and running to September 2008, pact includes benefits provided via the Motion Picture Industry Health and Pension plans.

The casting directors are repped through Teamsters Local 817 in New York and Local 399 in Los Angeles. The Teamsters spent three years in an effort to organize the casting directors, one of the few significant groups of Hollywood workers who had not been unionized.

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