MPTF Strike to Start Monday After Talks Stall

Negotiations between the Motion Picture and Television Fund and the union representing 500 MPTF caregivers and other employees were at impasse Wednesday, and with no additional talks planned a three-day strike is expected to begin Monday.

The company has arranged for temporary replacement workers and says that it “will be ready to ensure a seamless continuity of services both on and off our campus in a secure environment.”

The MPTF operates a care facility and hospital in Woodland Hills and six clinics in the greater Los Angeles area. The labor dispute concerns staffing levels, wage rates, proposed new health-insurance premiums and a proposed freeze of employees’ existing pension plan.

“We need to size our costs to fit our anticipated revenues and in so doing we are asking all of our staff to join in a shared sacrifice,” says MPTF CEO Bob Beitcher. “(The union’s) proposal is inconsistent with our ability to serve our patients and residents as well as our ability to provide job stability now and in the future.”

The union, the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West, previously said that the MPTF “continues to resist calls from caregivers to bargain in good faith and stop committing unfair labor practices.” Its chief negotiator, Eric Kizziee, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that union members will strike Monday.

MPTF’s Beitcher added, “An organization like ours relies heavily on federal and state healthcare reimbursements, and these are shrinking by the moment.” He also asserted that the MPTF’s “overall compensation practices are highly competitive” and that “the union has been unwilling or unable to dispute that.”

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