In a surprising reversal, Teamsters members have agreed to the last offer from studios, averting a strike by Hollywood transportation workers.
Teamsters president Leo Reed, in a standing-room-only membership meeting Sunday in Burbank, Calif., cited relatively minor wage enhancements that were achieved in backchannel negotiations Saturday. The union membership then voted 97% in favor of the deal.
"It's a good contract," Reed told The Hollywood Reporter. "I'm very happy."
Terms of the two-year deal include an annual 2% pay increase, which is a concession of the 3% the union wanted. However, the Teamsters achieved enhancements Saturday with regard to meals, medical tests and drivers licenses.