Unions, film group reach tentative deal
30 Jun, 2012
LOS ANGELES, June 30 (UPI) — A major film production group in Los Angeles said it has reached a tentative three-year deal with Teamsters Local 399 and four other unions.
The union alliance called Basic Crafts Unions, including the Teamsters local, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 40, Plumbers Local 78, Studio Utility Employees Local 724 and Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons Local 755, confirmed on its Web site a tentative agreement had been reached.
“I believe the tentative agreement is fair and equitable for both parties. It is my sincere desire to keep as much production in Los Angeles as possible,” Leo Reed, chairman of the Basic Crafts negotiating committee, said in a statement.
The deal includes a 2 percent annual wage increase and a larger contribution to the employees health plan, the union group said.
The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents 350 companies involved in film production, “will help keep productions working without interruption in the Los Angeles area and, for Teamsters Local 399, throughout the 13 Western states,” the production group said.