Steve Dayan began his career in the Motion Picture Industry in 1978 and has worked continuously in the industry for 38 years. Steve joined Local 399 in 1985 and has been a Member for 31 years. He has filled the roles of Location Manager, Business Agent, Organizer and now Secretary-Treasurer. Steve has worked at Local 399 for 16 years.
Steve has lobbied city and state governments long before he became a Business Agent. He was appointed to the board of the California Film Commission by then Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger and is currently the Chairman of the Board. Steve was the first Teamster ever appointed to the California Film Commission. Steve also served as Chairman of the Board of FilmLA. He organized the Commercial Scouts and Managers in 2001 and successfully negotiated their historic, first-ever contract without a strike. He has negotiated every commercial Scout/Manager agreement with the AICP since that time. Steve organized the Casting Directors and Associate Casting Directors after a 4 ½ year organizing effort in 2006, again without a strike. Steve has negotiated that agreement with the AMPTP along with Tom O’Donnell, principal officer of Teamsters Local 817 in New York and our dedicated Casting Director steering committee. He has negotiated every AMPTP Location Manager agreement since 2000 and successfully negotiated the 2015 “Black Book” agreement. Steve has represented Local 399 at the IBT Delegate Convention since 2001.
Steve also serves in the following capacities:
Kenny Farnell is a third generation Teamster who has been a Teamster for 32 years. The first 11 years as a Member of Teamsters Local 25 in Boston, and for the last 21 years as a Member of Local 399. Kenny has worked as a Captain and a Driver on both foreign and domestic productions and has forged relationships with Teamster Locals, and Members across the nation.
Kenny was appointed as a Local 399 Business Agent in early 2016 and now represents Disney, HBO, ABC Studios, Studio Services, Viacom, Warner Brothers Alternate, Universal Studios (and Tours). He also served as a Trustee on the Executive Board since 2014, was an Alternate Delegate at the 2016 IBT International Convention and serves as a Delegate for the LA County Federation of Labor.
Business Agent – Ed Duffy is Local 399’s Business Agent for the Casting Directors and Location Managers. He is also an Executive Board Member and Chair of Operations Committee of FilmLA, a member of LA City & County Film Task Forces and a representative for Local 399 with the State Film Incentive Alliance of Unions, Studios and Vendors.