Lindsey Dougherty, leader of the Hollywood organization Teamsters Local 399, was re-elected to a full three-year term as secretary-treasurer and chief executive officer of the local organization. Dougherty, who ran unopposed, was first elected to the post by the local executive board in May to fill the remaining term of Steve Dayan, who stepped down after nine years in office.
Dougherty and her entire roster of running mates were elected unopposed at a meeting of the local executive board Thursday night. Dougherty is also Director of Teamsters Film and Theater Sales and Vice President of the International Brotherhood of Drivers (IBT) in the Western Region.
“I am proud of the team we have put together to ensure the solvency and operation of our wonderful local union for many years to come,” Daugherty said in a statement. “This is an exciting time in the history of our local union. Our members continue to build solidarity and power locally, within our industry and internationally. As secretary-treasurer, it is my task and goal to use this power as we prepare for the next round of negotiations on our major agreements in two short years. Protecting, preserving and improving the lives of our members and their families is a daily commitment and I am grateful to serve in that capacity over the next three years.”
Other Local 399 leaders who were elected without opposition were President Kenny Farnell, Vice President Joshua Staheli, Secretary of Record Philip Quansa, and Trustees Sean Ryan, Alison Taylor and Joe Mora.
Meanwhile, Ed Duffy steps down as vice president of the local chapter. Duffy, who has served on the executive board for the past 18 years, stated in a letter to Local 399 members that he would continue as business agent and political director for the local organization, but noted that his decision to step down as vice president was made to ” pave the way” for new leaders in Local 399.
“I was extremely grateful and fortunate to have served as an executive board member for such a significant amount of time,” Duffy said. “The complexities of managing a local union and the importance of a strong executive board are essential to ensure the success and support of our members and their families. I am leaving the board of directors to help new leaders take the reins and continue to build on the foundations laid by those who came before.”
Teamsters Local 399 currently represents over 6,000 Los Angeles-based members working in the film and television industry as drivers, location specialists, casting specialists, and chef assistants. Local 399 recently welcomed 300 new members from New Mexico who work there in the film and television industry following the recent decision of the IBT General Executive Board to expand Local 399’s charter.