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New Deal for Teamsters, Basic Crafts Follows IATSE Pattern

Original publish date: July 2, 2012

Local 399 TeamstersLos Angeles Teamsters and Basic Crafts locals have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract. The agreement covers Local 399 Teamsters, Local 40 Electrical, Local 78 Plumbers, Local 724 Studio Utility, and Local 755 Plasterers and Cement Masons. Negotiations were concluded late last week, ahead of the current agreement’s expiration at the end of July.

In announcing the successful conclusion of negotiations, both sides touted the importance of keeping production in Los Angeles by avoiding a work stoppage.

“I believe the tentative agreement is fair and equitable for both parties,” said Local 399 president Leo T. Reed, who serves as chairman of the negotiating committee for Basic Crafts. “It is my sincere desire to keep as much production in Los Angeles as possible.”

Though the announcement did not release full details, the tentative agreement appears to follow the pattern of the IATSE Basic Agreement reached in April, which called for a 2% wage increase for each of the three years of the deal.

“The tentative agreement with the Basic Crafts Unions calls for additional funding of the health plan and the same two percent annual wage increase as has been negotiated in all recent AMPTP agreements,” said the producers’ alliance in a statement. “The deals will help keep productions working without interruption in the Los Angeles area and, for Teamsters Local 399, throughout the 13 Western states as the industry continues to adapt to the challenges of producing in today’s market.”

The tentative agreement will still need to be sent to the membership of the locals involved for ratification.

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