Teamsters Local 399 has reached an agreement for a new commercials contract that could avert a threatened strike against the TV commercials industry. The new deal must still be ratified by the local’s members on Saturday, and that’s no sure thing. On January 11, the local’s members voted overwhelmingly to reject a previous contract offer, which put the union on a strike footing.
“Teamsters Local 399 has received a revised tentative agreement from the Association of Independent Commercial Producers,” the local said on its website. “The revised agreement is being unanimously recommended by the union and both the Driver & Location Scout/Manager Negotiating Committees.” Terms of the new deal have not been disclosed.
The chief stumbling block to an agreement had been the producers’ demand for concessions on low-budget projects. Following the pattern established by the DGA, the producers wanted low-budget discounts to kick in for commercials with budgets up to $125,000 a day instead of the current $75,000.