Secretary-treasurer of Local 399 wins eighth three-year term

Leo Reed has won an eighth three-year term as secretary-treasurer of Local 399 of the Intl. Brotherhood of Teamsters, which reps over 4,000 drivers and location managers in the 13 Western states.

In results announced Tuesday, Reed won with 1,551 votes or 81% of of the 1,961 ballots cast over challenger Mitch Masoner. His new term will begin in January. Tjurnout in the mail ballot voting was 46%.

Masoner, who was Reed’s first challenger in several terms, had staged a spirited campaign that criticized Reed for not getting larger increases than the 2% achieved in the most recent contract deals for drivers and location managers. For his part, Reed had labeled Masoner as “incompetent and lazy.”

Reed’s the longest-serving principal officer in the local’s history. His slate topped Masoner’s with 1,223 to 261, which led to re-election of President Tony Cousimano, Vice-President Randy Peterson, Recording Secretary Rose Falcon and Trustees Ed Duffy, Jack Fisher and Jon Hopton.

About 97% of Hollywood Teamster drivers ratified in late July a new two-year deal with studios, a week before their contract was to expire.

Negotiations had hung up over the issue of the Teamsters seeking 3% in annual wage hikes while the companies insisted on a 2% wage gain, which the Teamsters accepted in exchange several sweeteners including meal pay for off-production drivers related to a production and payment for drivers license and medical card renewals.

“I would like to thank my Executive Board, my Business Agents, and Office Staff for a job well done, and especially the members for their continued support over the last 21 years,” said Reed. “It has been an honor to lead my fellow Teamsters in pursuit of good contracts, quality medical benefits, and a pension that rewards years of hard work. I look forward to a united effort with the members that addresses the tough challenges ahead.”

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