MPTF Reaches Impasse with SEIU-UHW

March 13, 2013
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We met earlier today with the bargaining team from our union, SEIU-UHW, and the federal mediator who has been involved in our negotiations. After extensive good faith bargaining on MPTF’s part, we have reached an impasse. No further negotiating sessions have been planned. At this time, we are preparing for a strike that the Union has notified us will start on Monday night March 18th and end Thursday night March 21st. MPTF will be ready to ensure a seamless continuity of services both on and off our campus in a secure environment. We have completed the polling of our employees and have lined up qualified temporary staffing for a five-day period starting Monday night for those employees who have elected to walk out. Patient and resident safety is and will always be our primary concern and we are confident that our extensive strike preparation will ensure that.

Our primary objective now and during the negotiations has been to establish an economic framework that will allow us to sustain the services of MPTF today and for future generations of industry members. We have been completely transparent with SEIU-UHW with regard to our financial condition. An organization like ours relies heavily on federal and state healthcare reimbursements, and these are shrinking by the moment. 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. SEIU-UHW has insisted on its own framework for settlement. We believe its 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.

As we have pointed out at the bargaining table, our overall compensation practices are highly competitive. The union has been unwilling or unable to dispute that.

Our founders’ vision of “taking care of our own” is what drives us every day and gives us the strength to carry on the mission. We wish to thank the entertainment community for its overwhelming outpouring of support during this critical time and welcome those who wish to lend a hand next week in keeping the show going to join us at our Woodland Hills campus.

About Bob Beitcher


Bob Beitcher is the President and CEO of the Motion Picture & Television Fund. He has been a senior executive in the entertainment industry for 30 years, having held leadership roles at Jim Henson Productions, Paramount Pictures, Panavision and MacAndrews & Forbes Media Group. Bob has been an MPTF board member since 2007. He became interim CEO in 2010 and was named permanent CEO in 2011.

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