Television production won’t be disrupted after Hollywood drivers accepted a proposed contract from the studios, sidestepping a potential strike that would have also disrupted film production across the U.S., reports the Los Angeles Times’ Company Town blog.
The leaders of Teamsters Local 399 accepted an offer that included some incentives, such as adding travel pay for some drivers, after earlier rejecting a plan that proposed a 2% pay increase, rather than the 3% increase they sought, the story says.
The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers bargained for the studios, and rejected their request because the weak economy has cut into DVD sales. But the studios offered the additional incentives on Saturday, with the Teamsters accepting on Sunday, the article adds. The Teamsters last called a strike in 1988, which lasted for 24 days, the piece says.