Calvin McDowell

Representing: ABC TV Prospect, ABC Office Employees, AICP Commercial Companies, Pakala Crewing, Quixote, King Kong, Sir Reel

Calvin began his career in the film industry in 1998 working in Commercials and Music Videos. He joined Local 399 in 2013. Calvin became the Shop Steward at Quixote in 2014 after working 9 years with the Company. Calvin has worked in almost every department within the film industry, ranging from the production office, to on set, and in front of the camera. He is also Member of the IBT National Black Caucus and now serves as a Trustee on the Western Region of the TNBC. Calvin also serves as a Representative for the Los Angeles Federation of Labor. 

Victor Rangel

Representing: Assistant Business Agent

Ed Duffy

Representing: Location Professionals, Casting Directors and Local 399 Political Director. 
  • Business Agent representing Locations and Casting and also serves as Local 399 Political Director
  • Executive Board Member and Chair of Operations of FilmLA
  • Member of L.A. City and County Film Task Force
  • Representative for Local 399 on the State Film Incentive Alliance of Unions, Studios and Vendors
  • Serves on the Board of the Entertainment Union Coalition
  • Vice President on the Executive Board for the last 9 years
  • Representative for the Los Angeles Federation of Labor

Ernie Barraza

Representing: 24/7 Deliveries, Cinelease, Inc, Classic Couriers, FTS Couriers, Hilltop SVC, Inc., Jeeves Transportation, Omega, PRG, Universal Tours, Chef Drivers, Cook Helper & Cook Helper-Drivers

Ernie became a Teamster in 1998 driving for a beer company as a rank-and-file Class A Driver. Soon after his time doing volunteer organizing, General President Hoffa requested that Ernie be hired as a full time Organizer and Strategist for the International. While at the International, Ernie handled media and helped with political aspects for the organizing department. Ernie worked on the Toll Port Drivers campaign, which was the first company organized in the LA and Long Beach ports in over 30 years.

After (4) years as an Organizer for the IBT, Ernie was asked by the Joint Council 42 Executive Board to join the “NO ON 32” Task force.

After that campaign, Ernie was hired by Ron Herrera, Secretary Treasurer of Teamsters Local 396 to help strategize and organize all of the non-Union waste companies in the industry. He later became a full time organizer for JC42. Ernie joined Teamsters Local 399 as a Business Agent in 2016. Ernie also serves as a Representative for the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. 

Jason Ide

Representing: Local 399 White Paper Contacts

Chris Sell

Representing: CBS Radford, CBS Television City, Fox Studios, Minim Productions, Inc., FX, Herc, Sony Pictures, Mesquite Productions, Topanga Productions.

Chris Sell has been a Member of Local 399 going on 20 years and has been a Trustee and Business Agent since 2014. In his time at the Union hall, Chris has worked closely with CSATF, CSATTF and MPIPHP. Chris helps with organizing and administrating the commercial contract. He has also sets up DOT Classes, CDL training, retirement seminars, skills training through our Black Book contract and helps Members receive their passenger endorsement. Chris also serves as a Representative for the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. 

Joshua Staheli

Representing: Scenery Companies: Dahlhouse, Goodnight, Scenic Expressions, Take 2 Productions, Triscenic, Consolidated Scenic Services, Western Studio Services, Green Set, Jackson Shrub, King Kong, Lunch Box, Warner Bros., Horizon Scripted Television, Mutiny Pictures, Bonanza, Zio Studio Services

Joshua Staheli joined Teamsters Local 399 in 1996 and has worked in television and commercial production for two decades. Before joining Teamsters Local 399 as a Business Agent, Joshua worked as a Transportation Coordinator for 20th Century Fox Television. He spent 6 years as a Commercial Gang Boss and Driver. He has also worked as a Captain, Co-Captain and DOT Compliance Specialist.

Joshua completed the International Brotherhood of Teamster’s Leadership Academy in Washington DC and has earned a Certificate of Achievement in Labor Studies from the Los Angeles Federation of Labor and the LATTC Labor center. Joshua also serves as a Delegate for the LA County Federation of Labor and currently serves as a Director on our Motion Picture Trust Funds.


Kenny Farnell

Representing: Disney, ABC Studios, Marvel, Prodco, Horizon Productions, Inc., HBO, Showtime, TNT, Universal Television, Army Trucks, York Transportation, Warner Brothers (Alternate) Universal Studios (Tours Alternate). 
  • On the Local Executive Board since 2014, first serving as a Trustee and now Local 399 President
  • 3rd Generation 36 year Teamster Member
  • 25+ years as a Member of Local 399 working as a Driver and Captain
  • Appointed Business Agent in 2016
  • Director on the Motion Picture Trust Fund
  • Representative for the LA County Federation of Labor

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