Quixote Studios LLC and Teamsters Local 399 have come to an agreement, ending a boycott of Quixote by the teamsters. The Burbank-based branch of the Intl. Brotherhood of Teamsters announced the boycott Aug. 9 with plans to begin picketing on Aug. 22.
“Both sides were determined to reach an accord without further delay in order to send a message to studios, production companies and advertisers that it’s business as usual for production in Los Angeles and throughout California,” Quixote said in a statement.
Quixote describes itself as “Hollywood’s premier provider of boutique film/photo studios, production vehicles and trailers, and grip and lighting equipment.”
The agreement will see Local 399 represent Quixote drivers and dispatchers. Additionally, there will be a secret ballot election soon to allow warehouse workers to decide if they would also like to be represented by Local 399 as a collective bargaining unit.
“Unfortunately, it is the workers in our industry that have been caught in the middle of all this,” Quixote said in a statement. “The leadership of both Quixote and Local 399 took this to heart and displayed remarkable restraint and a willingness to compromise for the greater good of all stakeholders.”
“This has been a major distraction for our industry. It is now time to focus on the passage of AB 1839 and get back to work,” said Mikel Elliott, Quixote CEO. Both sides expressed a desire to keep production in California rolling and work together to help pass California Assembly Bill 1839.
California Assembly Bill 1839, the Expanded Film and Television Job Creation Act, is a new piece of legislation seeking more generous film tax credits in an attempt to keep more film and television productions in the state.