Steve Dayan Tops Leo Reed for Teamsters Leadership

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Reed has held top post for 24 years

Longtime business agent Steve Dayan has beaten Leo Reed for secretary-treasurer of Local 399 of the Intl. Brotherhood of Teamsters following a spirited campaign.

Reed has held the post — the top leadership slot at the local — for 24 years, or eight three-year terms. Local 399 reps over 4,500 drivers, location managers, animal wranglers and casting directors, mostly in the Los Angeles area.

Dayan received 56% of the vote and will assume his new post on Jan. 1. A total of 2,354 ballots were cast or better than half of the eligible members.

“Anytime you get over 50% turnout in a union election, that’s huge,” Dayan told Variety. “I’m thrilled and honored. It’s time for the membership to come together and moved forward.”

Reed had dismissed Dayan from the business agent post, which he had held since 2000, in July after being informed that Dayan intended to challenge him in the upcoming election. Dayan headed a “399 Members First” slate, asserting Reed had fallen short in key areas such as contract negotiations, preventing runaway production, organizing, transparency and adjusting to changing circumstances.

Dayan’s slate also took four of the other six seats with Wesley Ponsford winning for the presidency over Tony Cousimano and Gary Zuckerbrod, Chris Sell and Kenny Farnell taking the three trustee slots. Reed’s slate won two posts — Ed Duffy for VP and Rosie Falcon for recording-secretary.

Dayan campaigned on a platform that Reed had lost touch with the rank-and-file and questioned Reed’s hiring of his son for a job at the local.

Reed said Dayan had “stabbed” him in the back by unveiling his decision to run and accused Dayan of being pro-management.

During his tenure as business agent, Dayan led the three-year campaign to organize about 500 casting directors and associates in Hollywood and New York. The Teamsters were able to obtain the first union contract in 2005 for casting directors.

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  1. Jace Curioso says:

    Oh, goody. Another union thug rises to the top over the bodies of the working man. have union folks ever stopped to ask why the heads of the their beloved organizations rake in all the dough for little work? What exactly is the differance between the union leaders and the people they purport to protect union members from?

  2. Mac says:

    Sad Day! The Location Managers and Producers will be in control of local 399 as of Jan.1st! Local 399 should of never of let the management friendly location managers in!!

  3. Jon says:

    There is no better person than Steve to run our local. He spends day and night working on our behalf. Steve is energetic, motivated and has the fortitude to make things better for us workers. I look forward to the naysayers being proven wrong when he commits to putting 399 members first.

  4. Jeff V says:

    Well the producers just won a big one!

  5. namloc olletsoc says:

    This is a sad day for 399 and the american working man.

  6. JN says:

    This is HUGE !

  7. Robin Lippin says:

    Wow!!! That is amazing news. Steve is a wonderful guy and will do a bang up job!!

    Congrats Steve!!!

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