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Quixote Studios Boycott Ends as Labor Agreement Is Reached

Teamsters Local 399 will represent Quixote drivers and dispatchers, while warehouse workers will hold a secret ballot election to determine if they wish to be represented by Local 399 as well

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.”

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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.

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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.