Steve Dayan Tops Leo Reed for Teamsters Leadership

Originally posted on Variety:

Longtime business agent Steve Dayan has beaten Leo Reed for secretary-treasurer of Local 399 of the Intl. Brotherhood of Teamsters following a spirited campaign.

Reed has held the post — the top leadership slot at the local — for 24 years, or eight three-year terms. Local 399 reps over 4,500 drivers, location managers, animal wranglers and casting directors, mostly in the Los Angeles area.

Dayan received 56% of the vote and will assume his new post on Jan. 1. A total of 2,354 ballots were cast or better than half of the eligible members.

“Anytime you get over 50% turnout in a union election, that’s huge,” Dayan told Variety. “I’m thrilled and honored. It’s time for the membership to come together and moved forward.”

Reed had dismissed Dayan from the business agent post, which he had held since 2000, in July after being informed that Dayan intended to challenge him…

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