Teamsters Local 399 Statement regarding Teamsters Local 399 longest serving Principal Officer, Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus, Leo T. Reed’s passing:

“It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share the passing of Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus Leo T. Reed. Leo left us yesterday afternoon, however his impact on Teamsters Local 399 and the lives of our rank-and-file members both past and present will live on forever. 

Leo was a fierce labor advocate that dedicated 25 years of his career to the members of Teamsters Local 399. He also served as the Motion Picture and Theatrical Trade Division Director for over 20 years, helping to strengthen the Motion Picture Industry throughout all of North America. As the longest serving Principal Officer of Teamsters Local 399, he grew our Local from near bankruptcy to the gold standard it is today. He prioritized organizing and negotiating strong contracts that would serve as the foundation for the benefits, wages and working conditions we still build upon to this day. He was smart, stern and most importantly, focused on the betterment of his members. It’s what drove his passion at Local 399 every single day. Every decision he made and every action he took was to positively impact the lives of those he dedicated his time to represent. 

Leo was a leader, a mentor, a husband, a father, a family member and a friend to many. His life and legacy will live on in the hearts of those that knew and loved him, and it will be baked into the fabric of this organization for generations to come. We offer our deepest condolences to everyone struggling with this significant loss at this time. Our entire Local 399 family mourns alongside his beloved family near and far. 

In 2019, we sat down with Leo shortly after his 80th birthday to highlight his incredible life and career in our Winter 2019 Quarterly Newsreel. You can read more about Leo’s fascinating story here.

We are in touch with Leo’s family and we will continue to share information with the blessing of his family regarding ways we can best honor and celebrate Leo’s life. Rest in power Leo.”