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Teamsters Local 399 Hires Former Netflix Senior Counsel Kay Kimmel

Teamsters Local 399 has a new in-house legal counsel. The North Hollywood-based union has hired former Netflix senior counsel Kay Kimmel as its new in-house counsel and as a dedicated counsel for the Teamsters’ motion picture and theatrical trade division, secretary-treasurer Lindsay Dougherty announced at a membership meeting on Sunday. “It’s almost unheard of to […]

Writers Strike: What Happens if Other Union Workers Refuse to Cross Picket Lines

As the Writers Guild of America hurtles toward a potential strike, its peer entertainment unions have been quick to offer statements of inter-union solidarity. The SAG-AFTRA national board proclaimed it stood “strongly in support” of industry scribes, while the Teamsters issued a fiery declaration that the WGA’s battle is a “shared fight.” The Directors Guild […]

Hollywood to End COVID-19 Safety Agreement That Enabled Pandemic-Era Return to Work

The COVID-19 guidelines that for the past three years kept casts and crews safe during production amid the pandemic will expire May 12. The current iteration of the pact, negotiated by industry unions and top studios and streaming companies represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), will remain in place through […]

Quixote, Star Waggons, Zio Services Workers Launch Union Drive

Following Hudson Pacific Properties’ multi-million dollar acquisitions of Quixote Studios, Star Waggons and Zio Studio Services over the past two years, workers at all three companies are seeking to unionize with Teamsters Local 399. Nearly 120 workers — including cleaners and trailer manufacturing workers at Quixote’s Penrose location, vehicle inspectors and washbay technicians at Zio […]

Former Teamsters Local 399 Leader Steve Dayan Joins Wrapbook as Senior Advisor

Steve Dayan, the former leader of Teamsters Local 399 who stepped down from the role earlier this year, has a new gig. Payroll services platform Wrapbook has hired the longtime L.A. labor leader as a senior advisor for its labor relations team, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. In his new role, Dayan will work with […]

Lindsay Dougherty Elected Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 399

After stepping into the top job on a temporary basis last spring, Lindsay Dougherty has been elected secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 399 through 2025. Dougherty and the slate of six other candidates she was running with were all elected to the union’s executive board by acclamation at a Local 399 nomination meeting on Thursday night, […]

N.Y. Teamsters Local, Which Reps Entertainment Union Staff, Passes Resolution to Organize for Abortion-Rights Causes

Teamsters Local 210, the New York-based Local that represents some New York City-based SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity staff in collective bargaining, has passed a resolution focused on women’s rights in the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. The resolution, passed on Monday by the Local’s Executive Board, states that the Local “condemns […]

Film and TV Casting Directors Ratify New Three-Year Agreement

Casting director and associate members of the Teamsters Local 399 and Local 817 have voted to ratify a new three-year agreement with the major studios and streamers. Ninety percent of members from both Locals supported a tentative deal reached the previous week, while 10 percent voted against the agreement in a vote that concluded on […]

Film and TV Casting Directors Reach New Tentative Three-Year Contract Deal

Negotiators for the Teamsters Local 399 and Local 817 have reached a new tentative, three-year deal for casting director members and their associates in New York and L.A. The Hollywood Teamsters, Local 399, announced the deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) on Wednesday after negotiations ended Tuesday night. Talks for […]

Outgoing Local 399 Leader Steve Dayan Talks Stepping Down and Why “It’s a New Day for the Teamsters”

Early on in his tenure as the leader of the Hollywood Teamsters, Steve Dayan figured he would try to head up Local 399 for three, maybe four, three-year terms before passing on the baton. But he was still in the middle of his third term when he says he realized that he had a future […]

Hollywood Teamsters Leader Steve Dayan to Retire

Teamsters Local 399 principal officer Steve Dayan, who was last re-elected to the post of secretary-treasurer in 2019, has announced his decision to retire. Dayan shared the decision in a letter with Local 399’s nearly 6,000 members on Sunday; his retirement will be effective as of April 30, 2022. Subsequently, the Local’s executive board has unanimously […]

Film and TV Location Managers Vote to Ratify New Contract

After a multiday electronic ratification vote, location managers represented by the Hollywood Teamsters (Local 399) have opted to ratify a new three-year contract deal. Ninety-five percent of eligible voting members voted in favor of the deal reached with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), while five percent voted “no,” and turnout was […]