Tentative Agreement Reported in Teamsters Strike on Hollywood
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Teamsters drivers have reached a tentative agreement with film and television producers to settle their 3-week-old strike, the Los Angeles Times reported today.
The Times, citing unidentified sources close to the talks, said the agreement was reached Sunday during talks at Grenelefe Resort about 40 miles from Orlando, Fla.
Negotiations resumed there last week because the Teamsters executive board had been meeting at the resort.
The newspaper did not disclose details of the agreement.
Local Teamsters and producers representatives said they were unaware of any possible settlement late Sunday.
″I wish it was true,″ said a man answering the strike hotline at Local 399 late Sunday, who declined to give his name. ″They’re still picketing.″
″I don’t know anything about it,″ said Herb Steinberg, spokesman for the Alliance of Motion Picture and Televion Producers.
The settlement is subject to approval by North Hollywood-based Local 399, which represents the 2,200 striking studio drivers and plans to meet sometime later this week, the Times said.
According to the newspaper, those present at the Florida talks included William J. McCarthy, the Teamsters’ national president; Local 399 president Earl Bush, and Nicholas Counter, president of the producers’ alliance.
The Teamsters, who transport actors, equipment and props for producers, walked out Oct. 3 just as Hollywood production was gearing up after scriptwriters ended their five-month strike in August. Their strike has had less of an impact on production than the scripterwriters’.
Joining the Teamsters on strike are 1,000 members of the electricians and the laborers unions.
Key issues in the strike include include overtime rules for weekend work, salaries, wages for out-of-town film and television production, studio seniority and guidelines for the making of non-union films. Some Teamster drivers were being asked to take a pay cut to $14 an hour from $16.61.
The producers contend the Teamsters must help fight mounting production costs and increased competition to stop producers from leaving Southern California for less expensive locales.