LA, NYC Casting Directors & Associate Casting Directors Affirm 3-Year Agreement

(LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK)—Teamsters Local 399 and 817 members today overwhelmingly ratified a new three-year Casting Director Agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). The new contract covers casting directors and associate casting directors with both locals in Los Angeles and New York City.

“Our casting professionals play an essential and unique role in bringing every story to life. Casting directors and associate casting directors balance the creative vision and logistics needed to bring in an actor for a role,” said Lindsay Dougherty, Local 399 Secretary-Treasurer and Teamsters Motion Picture and Theatrical Trade Division Director. “These were difficult negotiations in which we worked diligently and collaboratively with our member-led committee throughout the process. Our struggle for both groups revolved around equality and compensation. As a unit, we have not only made gains, but we have also identified areas where we can continue to grow, empower and support our casting members.”

Dougherty and Local 817 President Tom O’Donnell negotiated the new agreement together. The main priority for the unit was to ensure clear and concise language that included a weekly rate to protect members, especially during episodic productions with drawn-out production schedules.

For associate casting directors, the battle revolved around securing significant wage increases.

Although Local 399 and Local 817 voted their groups separately, the ratification numbers are shown as the collective unit. The Local 399/817 ‘Casting Director Agreement’ collectively generated a turnout of 70 percent, with a vote of 90 percent “YES” and 10 percent “NO”. The 2021-24 Casting Director Agreement will take effect on Sunday 29 May.

“There is a lot to feel good about in this agreement. It’s our sixth and easily our best round of negotiations. I’m happy for our casting members and hats off to the leadership of Local 399,” said O’Donnell.

The full ‘Casting Director’ Memorandum of Understanding was shared next to a Summary of important changes to Local 399 and 817 members working under this agreement following an informational meeting on Sunday, May 22.

Local 399 has completed their negotiation cycle with the AMPTP for this round of negotiations. Local 817 is currently negotiating for their 817 ‘Location Agreement’ with the AMPTP.

Teamsters Local 399 represents nearly 6,000 members working in the film industry in Hollywood, California.

Teamsters Local 817 represents nearly 2,000 members of the New York City movie industry.

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