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Teamsters Reach Revised Deal with Commercial Producers, Strike May Be Averted

Negotiators for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters have reached a revised tentative agreement with the TV commercials industry, possibly averting a strike that could have started on Feb. 1.

The revised deal, which still must ratified by members, was reached early Tuesday following a daylong negotiating session.

Members of Teamsters Local 399, which covers 14 Western states, had voted 414-36 on Jan. 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 Feb. 1.

The revised deal has been approved by all 22 members of the union’s negotiating committee. Steve Dayan, secretary-treasurer of Local 399, said he could not address the provisions of the revised deal until after it’s submitted for approval by members on Jan. 24.

“The committee did a fantastic job,” Dayan said.

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