Vice President – Ed Duffy
Ed was selected to fill the vacancy created when Randy Peterson retired.
Ed Duffy has been a Trustee with Teamsters Local 399 for the past 10 years and for the past six years has been a Business Agent with the local representing Location Managers and Casting Directors. He is on the Executive Board and currently serves as the chair of FilmLA.
He graduated from UCLA with degrees in both Motion Picture/TV and Political Science. Ed started his career working for Chuck Fries Productions and EMI Television before becoming a Location Manager. As a Location Manager for 28 years, he worked on such shows as “Dynasty,” “Moonlighting,” “Melrose Place,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and “The OC.” Ed lives in Manhattan Beach with his wife, Kathy and son Rob.
Trustee – Jamarra Dotson
Jamarra Dotson has a history of being an active member and a dedicated shop steward, and his record and commitment have earned him a seat on the Executive Board. He joined the Teamsters as a Tram Driver at Universal and distinguished himself by rapidly learning the contract and reporting any violations. The following year he joined Deluxe Laboratories where his eagerness to help resulted in his selection as a Shop Steward.
He said that he is honored to have been chosen for this important role in Local 399 in service to the members, and he vows to dedicate his efforts to assisting members and the staff.
Business Agent – Leo Reed, Jr.
Having grown up in a Teamster family, Leo Jr. has always wanted to be a Teamster since he was 6 years old, when he walked his first picket line. Throughout the years, he had walked picket lines, attended membership meetings and demonstrations, and listened to countless dinner table conversations about negotiations, grievances, and arbitrations. He attended the last 3 “Black Book” negotiations. He has practically memorized the “Black Book” contract.
A Group Two driver, he has a BA degree from UCLA in history. Leo, Jr. is married to Hana and is the father of a daughter, Emmeline, age 2.
Business Agent — George Nadian
George Nadian, age 48, is a Group One 15-year member. “He has always cooperated and worked with us when called, regarding any grievance,” reported Secretary-Treasurer Leo Reed. “George has risked his job many times when he disagreed with his bosses and called us.”
A captain for almost a decade, he is proud of always enforcing the contract. He first came to the attention of the local staff as a new member, when he risked his job and career to report a contract violation.
A graduate of Westlake High School, he attended Moorpark College for two years. Married for 18 years to his wife, Tara, he has three children including Ashley, age 13, George Jr., age 11 and Luke, age 6.
The two newest Business Agents have hit the streets running. In their first month on the job they have filed major grievances that can bring substantial settlements to Local 399 members. Sent to New Mexico to visit the production Avengers, Leo Reed, Jr. and George Nadian discovered over 50 pieces of Hollywood equipment and only 12 Teamster drivers. It is only the tip of the iceberg. Stay tuned! “We got them on the run!”