MPTF Employees Plan Monday Strike

Healthcare workers at the Motion Picture Television Fund facilities have filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board, alleging management has broken off contract negotiations prematurely and has failed to submit alternative proposals.

The workers, repped by the Service Employees Intl. Union-United Healtcare Workers West, plan to strike on Monday for three days.

“We are ready to negotiate day and night to reach a fair contract settlement, but management has slammed the door shut on us with their ‘take it or leave it’ attitude and refusal to bargain in good faith,” said Milton Morataya, an activities coordinator at the MPTF facility in Woodland Hills. “We want a settlement that is good for everyone, most importantly the patients and residents, but management is refusing to engage in real talks and seem far more concerned with protecting their bloated pay.”

The union has recently released federal tax documents filed in 2011 by MPTF showing that CEO Bob Beitcher received $775,978 along with three other execs reporting income exceeding $500,000.

“Bob Beitcher and his top executives make more than the President of the United States, and they still tell frontline caregivers that MPFT does not have enough money to maintain safe staffing levels or fair compensation,” said Morataya.

Negotiations ended Wednesday with the sides at an impasse. The union, which has been working with an expired contract, has been pushing for an increase in staffing levels at the facilities in Woodland Hills.

The SEIU-UHW, which represents about 500 nurses, dietary workers, housekeepers and other healthcare workers at the MPTF retirement community.

Beitcher said in a statement issued Wednesday that no further negotiating sessions have been planned. He had announced previously that management would use replacement workers during the strike.

The NLRB is an independent agency of the U.S. government charged with investigation unfair labor practices and conducting union representation elections.

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