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New Mexico Teamsters Local 492 reorganization continues as Hollywood Teamsters Local 399 takes over its film jurisdiction – Deadline

New Mexico Teamsters Local 492 reorganization continues as Hollywood Teamsters Local 399 takes over its film jurisdiction – Deadline

The reorganization at Teamsters Local 492 in New Mexico continues with the resignations of two top local officials: Trey White and Melissa Malcom-Chavez. White had been the local’s chief officer and secretary-treasurer, and Malcom-Chavez had been the local’s business agent for the motion picture industry.

Their resignations follow last week’s announcement, first reported by Deadline, that following an investigation and audit of Local 492’s financial records, the executive board of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters had transferred the Local’s jurisdiction. 492 on film and television production in the state. to Teamsters Local 399 of Hollywood.

Truckers Local 399

Sources told Deadline that prior to the takeover, Local 492’s film division had been run like a “dictatorship” in a state that has become a major production hub thanks to its generous tax-incentive program. . Local 399 has long retained its jurisdiction over film and television work in the 13 western states through its “Black Book” agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

The resignations of White and Malcom-Chavez were announced Saturday at a meeting of Local 492 members held at the Albuquerque Convention Center, which was attended by about 400 local members. White and Malcom-Chavez were subsequently removed from the list of officers on the Local 492 website.

Saturday’s membership meeting was chaired by Lindsay Dougherty, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 399, Director of the Teamsters Film Division, and Vice President of the IBT Western Region. Dougherty reportedly received a standing ovation when she described the changes being made to Local 492.

American soldier

Joshua Staheli, Business Agent for Local 399, has been appointed Business Agent for the State of New Mexico, effective immediately. Andrew L. Palmer, former president of Local 492, is now listed on the local’s website as its secretary-treasurer, replacing White. Malcom-Chavez is still listed as a member of the executive board of the New Mexico AFL-CIO Federation of Labor, though that too is expected to change now that he is no longer an officer of Local 492.

Ahead of Saturday’s meeting, Dougherty, who is also on the IBT executive board, outlined the changes being made in a notice sent to Local 492 members.

“This is what we currently know,” he wrote:

• Effective immediately, members of Teamsters Local 492 who work in the motion picture industry will become members of Local 399. Again, this is just the 492 members who work in the motion picture industry. All other divisions represented by Local 492 will remain the same.
• The current referendum to change the Movie Listing Rules is null and void.
• We will review all people on the ‘Depleted List’ who have been working in the industry for many years and work to create a path to membership for current and active members to vote.
• The operation of production work in New Mexico will remain the same. This resolution is not to remove work, but rather an opportunity to improve work in a more structured and fair process.
• The Local 399 ‘Black Book’ Agreement will not be altered or affected in any way by this change in representation.
• The New Mexico Teamsters will be involved in the development and get ready to vote on a referral rules process and a fair seniority system.
• The seniority system will be separate and apart from our Los Angeles industry experience list. New Mexico will have its own list that is not tied to the Industry Experience List that is followed in Los Angeles.
• We are committed to working together to ensure this process is done quickly, efficiently, and with the respect that each and every Teamster member deserves. That includes all 492 employees and representatives.
• We believe that this change in representation is positive. Teamsters Local 399 is a craft local that only represents Teamsters working in the film industry. We are well equipped to support each and every member of this industry.
• We are committed to representing each and every member of Local 399 equally with the utmost dignity and respect.
• We are grateful for the opportunity to represent and serve you.

Dougherty went on to note that this is “what we’re working on immediately this week”:

• Effective immediately, Joshua Staheli will be the assigned business agent in the state of New Mexico.
• A simple and efficient process to transfer to Local 399. During this week, while we are working to set up the transfer process, any pending payments can still be made to 492. We will share an update later this week regarding fees . Payments
• Expansion of our Local 399 Call Board to support the dispatch of Teamsters from New Mexico based on the seniority system developed.
• Expansion of our Local 399 Call Board to support the dispatch of Teamsters from New Mexico based on the seniority system developed.
• Develop a path to membership for those who have been working in this industry for years as part of the ‘Depleted List’.
• Revised and simplified referral rules reviewed by legal advisors to avoid future problems. These rules must be voted on by the members.
• Build solidarity, trust and get to know New Mexico Teamsters by visiting productions, listening to comments and answering questions.
• Host an in-person meeting in New Mexico open to ALL members of the 492 film industry and people on the ‘Sold Out List’.
• Keep everyone as informed and educated about the process as possible. Feel free to reach out if you have questions, and come to the meeting prepared with the topics you want to discuss.

“Right now there are more questions than answers,” Dougherty wrote. “We plan to use this week to fully understand as much as we can about how Local 492 members in this Industry have been supported thus far.”

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