Hollywood Teamsters Local 399 stood behind former WGA West President Patric Verrone when he led the 2007-08 Writers Guild strike, and it’s supporting him again in his run for the California Legislature. Verrone’s latest campaign finance report shows that Local 399 has contributed $1,000 to his bid for the 26th Senate District seat and that Steve Dayan, head of the Teamsters local, has contributed another $500. But with only one week to go before the June 2 primary, Verrone still trails five of his seven Democratic rivals by large margins in both campaign contributions and spending.
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Fistfights among Teamsters on film and TV productions in Hollywood are giving the union a black eye, says the head of the union’s Hollywood local. Brawling among union drivers has gotten so bad, in fact, that Steve Dayan, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 399, has warned his members that they’ll be fired if they keep it up. He posted this memo to the local’s website yesterday:
Due to the escalating number of incidences being reported, I must take a moment to address the Membership. We are finding that more and more Members are fighting with one another on set. It is my duty to say – Knock It Off!
When two Members get into an altercation we have found that in order to remedy the situation quickly BOTH Members will immediately be LAID-OFF. Whether you were the one to instigate the situation or not you will both be released from the job.
If either party has an issue that cannot be resolved amongst yourselves, call the Union first and we’ll have a meeting at the hall with both parties to resolve the issue.
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Steve Dayan has won the Secretary-Treasurer job at Local 399 Hollywood by 299 votes over long-term incumbent Leo Reed. In election results released today, Dayan received 1,308 votes to Reed’s 1,009 in the union race. Reed had held the Sec-Treasurer post for 24 years — eight three-year terms. The battle between the two was bitter as Reed dismissed Dayan in July as Local 399′s Business Agent after he announced his intention to run against the incumbent. Dayan had been Biz Agent since 2000. The challenger went after Reed by announcing a need for “new leadership with fresh innovative ideas that move us forward together” in his campaign literature. Dayan’s Members First slate took the Local Presidency and three trustee gigs. Ed Duffy and Rosie Falcon of Reed’s slate took the VP and Recording Secretary jobs. Teamsters Local 399 reps more than 4,500 location managers, drivers, casting directors and animal wranglers in the LA County area.
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Teamsters Local 399 this morning ratified the new 3-year contract with the Association of Motion Picture & Television Producers. The vote was the latest in a series of ratifications by various unions covered under the new contract with producers. In addition to the Teamsters, the other Basic Crafts Union that has ratified the contract is the Plasterers and Cement Masons Local 755. The Studio Utility Employees Local No. 724 is scheduled to vote Thursday. IATSE’s 14 locals announced their ratification July 3. Status of ratification of other Basic Crafts locals — Electrical Workers No. 40 and Plumbers No. 78 — could not be confirmed this afternoon.
AMPTP, Basic Crafts Unions Announce Tentative Three-Year Contract
Official IATSE-AMPTP Tentative Deal Announced After Deadline Broke News
UPDATE: A strike action against NBC‘s The Voice has been averted after Teamsters Local 399 and production execs reached a tentative agreement on transportation provided to the show. Some 200 Teamsters had been prepared to strike the production Monday morning but a tentative agreement was reached for Local 399 to provide union transportation for The Voice. Information Deadline reported Sunday that a contract had been signed was incorrect. The new season of The Voice is scheduled to begin September 10th.
Freelance writer Dominic Patten is a Deadline contributor.
Spike TV’s 1,000 Ways To Die might soon learn what it’s like to be The Biggest Loser. Teamsters Local 399 and IATSE said today that they plan to take action against 1,000 Ways producer Original Productions over crew members fired last week. The unions did the same thing to NBC’s then non-union reality competition series Biggest Loser in 2010, with a weeklong strike ending in a deal and the immediate resumption of production. “The company is not in production right now but when they are, we will act,” Local 399 business agent/organizer Steven Dayan told Deadline today. More than two dozen crew members from 1,000 Ways, which examines and re-creates the way people have died, saw their positions eliminated after they tried to become union members, Teamsters said. IATSE posted on its Twitter feed Thursday that “@Spike_TV “1000 Ways to Die” crew of 20+ unanimously voted to strike. Shooting is shut down, crew holding out for union contract. #VanNuys”. “The company is not paying industry standard rates to the crew that made the show successful,” Dayan says. “There are safety concerns on the set, concerns about the hours people work, and, of course, health benefits are an issue.” Original Prods, which was purchased by FremantleMedia in 2009, also produces Deadliest Catch, Storage Wars and Ice Road Truckers among other series. Season 4 of 1,000 Ways premiered January 25. “We are going to try to convince (Original) to sign … Read More »
Last night, members of Local 755 were the fifth and final of the Basic Crafts unions to ratify the tentative agreement reached Saturday, July 24, 2010 (Teamsters Local 399 were the first to ratify, doing so on July 25). In response to ratification by all of the Basic Crafts, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) has issued the following statement:
“The five Basic Crafts Unions have now ratified new contracts with the producers represented by the AMPTP, ensuring that production can continue without interruption for the studios and union members. The two sides reached a fair deal with gains in wages, benefits and other terms for the unions while recognizing the current economic realities of the industry. This would not have been possible without hard work and commitment of the leadership of each of the Basic Crafts Unions, whose negotiating committee was chaired by Local 399 Secretary-Treasurer Leo T. Reed. The five Basic Crafts Unions are International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local No. 40, Plumbers, Local No. 78, Teamsters, Local No. 399, Studio Utility Employees, Local No. 724, and Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons, Local No. 755.”