Teamsters Ratify Commercial Deal, Averting Strike

Courtesy of Teamsters Local 399
Steve Dayan

The vote was overwhelming.

Members of Teamsters Local 399 "overwhelmingly" ratified two agreements with commercial producers at an meeting Saturday, union secretary-treasurer Steve Dayan told The Hollywood Reporter, averting a threatened strike. The two agreements cover drivers and location manager scouts.

The deal had been recommended by the union and the negotiating committee, the latter unanimously. Dayan had previously told THR he was optimistic that members would ratify the deal.

The ratification comes two weeks after members rejected an earlier, "last, best and final offer" from the producers, a deal which the union recommended but the committee was split on. The no vote automatically served as a strike authorization, raising the possibility of a walkout Feb. 1.

Terms of the deal were not immediately available.

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