Teamsters Local 399 and Hollywood Basic Crafts reached a new three-year tentative agreement with employers after negotiations began in early December 2021.
The local announced that the agreement – which covers film and television workers working in 13 western states and under the umbrella of Local 399 as well as IBEW Local 40, LiUNA! Local 724, OPCMIA Local 755 and UA Local 78 were concluded with the Alliance of Film and Television Producers (AMPTP) on Friday.
Details of the deal were not immediately available and “will be shared at the respective member ratification meetings to be held soon,” Local 399 said, but the Hollywood Basic Crafts bargaining committee recommends unanimity that the members ratify the agreement. Talks for the deal ended on Friday.
As negotiations began in early December, chief negotiator Lindsay Dougherty, recording secretary for Local 399 and vice-president-elect West of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, suggested in a statement that “fair wages and sustainability” and “working conditions” would be the main topics of discussion. points in the latest talks, as they had been for members of another industry union, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), before their basic agreement was ratified in November. The Teamsters and IATSE also share health and pension plans, and IATSE secured a $370 million injection into the plans over a three-year period in their latest basic agreement.
Dougherty also suggested that recent corporate earnings with major streaming companies such as Amazon, Netflix, Apple and Disney would play a role in the negotiations. The negotiator previously said The Hollywood Reporter that this round of contract talks marks the first time that Local 399 has negotiated with major streaming companies. “We expect these negotiations to be difficult as we fight for the gains our members deserve,” she said, adding, “My ultimate goal is to protect, preserve and improve the lives of Hollywood Teamsters. and all members of the Crafts”.
Together, the labor groups involved in this agreement represent nearly 7,500 workers in the entertainment industry, including animal trainers/tamers, plumbers, cement workers, caterers, drivers and others. As a result of this agreement, Local 399 is in the process of negotiating successors to current contracts for location managers and casting directors.