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.”
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