Teamsters Local 399 has scheduled a second contract-ratification meeting in an attempt to avert a strike against producers of TV commercials. Teamster leaders say that the new meeting, set for January 24, is being called “in anticipation of a revised offer” from producers. The first offer was rejected overwhelmingly by the local’s members on January 11, which put the union on a strike footing.
Local 399 leaders say they will be meeting with representatives of the Association of International Commercial Producers “to see if we can come to an agreement on a revised offer. At the same time, we are continuing to prepare for a strike.” A strike, if it comes to that, could hit the industry on January 31, when the current contract expires.
The chief stumbling block to an agreement has been the producers’ demand for concessions on low-budget projects. Following the pattern established by the DGA, the producers want low-budget discounts to kick in for commercials with budgets up to $125,000 a day instead of the current $75,000.