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Union and Motion Picture & Television Fund reach deal, avert strike

March 15, 2013|By Richard Verrier
  • The union representing workers at the Motion Picture & Television Fund has called of a strike against the charity.
The union representing workers at the Motion Picture & Television… (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles…)

The union representing healthcare workers at the Motion Picture & Television Fund has called off its strike for next week.

SEIU-UHW officials had planned to stage a three-day walkout on Monday after contract talks with the fund broke down in a dispute over pay rates, changes to the union's pension plan and staffing levels.

But after consulting with the SEIU-UHW members, the union agreed to a 60-day "cooling off" period during which the two organizations will continue to negotiate in good faith toward a collective bargaining agreement, according to a statement from the union and the motion picture fund.

“I’m pleased we were able to reach this timeout,” Bob Beitcher, the MPTF's chief executive, said in a statement. “After speaking at length with Dave [Regan, president of SEIU-UHW], I feel more optimistic that the two sides can figure a way to reach a mutually satisfactory conclusion.”

Beitcher had predicted the strike would have a minimal impact on the daily operations of the facility and several care clinics that cater to entertainment industry workers. The MPTF had already contracted with a company to replace any workers who go on strike next week.

“I am confident that we can reach an agreement that will continue to make MPTF a great place to receive and deliver care,” said Regan, whose union had previously blasted pay raises given to Beitcher and other managers at the fund.

SEIU-UHW represents about 500 workers at the Woodland Hills-based retirement community.

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