Following an election marred by violence, Teamsters Local 399 is taking special precautions for its next membership meeting “due to a threat of violence.” The local’s quarterly meeting will be held October 23 at Pickwick Gardens in Burbank, CA.
“Unfortunately, due to a threat of violence, we will be limiting this meeting to active members only in good standing,” the union said on its website. “All members will need to be checked in before being admitted into the meeting.”
Earlier this week, Steve Dayan, the local’s secretary-treasurer, handily defeated challenger Mitch Masoner in a bitterly contested election marred by violence and threats of violence. One of Dayan’s supporters allegedly punched one of his Masoner’s supporters in the face, and Masoner said he canceled a rally and fundraiser “due to the threat of potential violence.”
It’s not clear whether members attending will be searched for weapons, but the union advised members to “arrive early to ensure our meeting starts on time with the additional check-in procedure.” In a departure from past meetings, no non-member spouses, friends, guests, retirees, or members on withdrawal status will be admitted.