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Teamster Strike Against Commercial Producers Averted

Members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters have ratified two revised two-year agreements with the TV commercials industry, averting a strike that could have started on February 1.

The revised deals — covering drivers and location managers — were approved overwhelmingly on Saturday morning.

The vote comes five days after a daylong negotiating session revised the tentative deals.

Members of Teamsters Local 399, which covers 14 Western states, had voted 414-36 on January 11 to reject the “last, best, final” offer on a new two-year contract from the Association of Independent Commercial Producers. The members opposed the tentative deal due to its provisions expanding low-budget shoots, and the local had told members to sign up for picketing duty with shifts starting February 1.

“This is good news for the industry and good news for our members,” said Steve Dayan, secretary-treasurer of Local 399.

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