Teamsters, Basic Crafts Unions Reach Deal With Producers

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Hollywood Teamsters and four other Basic Crafts Unions have reached a tentative agreement with producers on a three-year successor deal to the master contract.

The new deal — which covers about 5,000 below-the-line employees — was concluded Thursday after four days weeks of negotiations between the unions and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

The deal is along the same lines as the most recent agreements negotiated by SAG-AFTRA, the Directors Guild of America, the Writers Guild of America, and the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, with unspecified annual wage hikes and an increase in contributions to the pension and health fund.

The Teamster-Basic Crafts deal was reached a month after the IATSE and the AMPTP concluded their negotiations on a three-year successor deal covering 14 West Coast IATSE locals.

If ratified by members, the new deal would go into effect on July 31, when the current deal expires. The deal covers the Hollywood-based Teamsters Local 399, which includes drivers as well as animal wranglers; the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (Local No. 40); Plumbers and Pipe Fitters (Local No. 78); Studio Utility Employees (Local No. 724); and Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons, Local No. 755.

Steve Dayan, chairman of the Basic Crafts Unions and secretary/treasurer of Teamsters Local 399, said, “We were able to achieve good contracts for all of our covered members while at the same time keeping Hollywood working. Under this agreement, we are able to ensure stability for the best work force on the planet.”

“We are pleased to have reached a tentative agreement with the Basic Crafts Unions,” AMPTP president Carol Lombardini said. “The new agreement will keep productions working without interruption in the Los Angeles area, and provide certainty for producers and labor for the next three years.”

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  1. Phil Strauss says:

    Turn off the lights, usually means” no-one is home”, and from your comment, it appears that definition is holding true. If your a member of 399, than you know we have rejected contracts in the past, and a “NO” vote is not unusual, that is if you attend the meetings. This is Hollywood, not New Orleans, or Atlanta, or Detroit, what they pay or how they are looked upon, does not reflect upon the professional attitude held by our members, nor should we allow weak individuals to pull us down to their levels.

  2. Phil strauss says:

    Informative article?? Agreement on what?? There is no agreement until the members vote!! What did you agree upon??

    • Turn off the lights says:

      Dear Phil –
      Are you suggesting that the members will vote NO ? Not likely….
      Visit New Orleans for a look at the future – the future is now.
      The studios are picking up guys at Home Depot – they see us as dish washers my friend
      $25 an hour in new Orleans. NO TRAINING – NO SKILL – NO HUSTLE – NO PROBLEM

      • Rock LeRoy says:

        Hey “Turn off the lights” What is your name? Whatever your views are on the article, tentative agreement, or Phil’s comment, at least have the guts to post your name.

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