With a strike scheduled to start on Monday, the union representing healthcare workers at the Motion Picture and Television Fund’s hospital and facilities today took its case to the feds. The Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West filed a charge (read it here) of unfair labor practices and violation of the Labor Relations Act Friday against the MPTF with the National Labor Relations Board. This latest move comes one day after the union released 2011 tax forms revealing the big bucks CEO Bob Beitcher ($775,978) and other top officers received. Today it was a more formal approach. “Within the last six month preceding the filing of this charge the above-named employer, by and through its agents, violated Sections of 8(a)(1) and 8(a)(5) of the Act when it bargained in bad faith, refused to provide relevant and necessary bargaining information, and unlawfully and premature declared impasse,” said the SEIU’s filing. The SEIU-UHW represents around 500 nurses, their aides, medical-records workers and other caregivers at the MPTF’s Wasserman Camus hospital in Woodlands Hills and other venues.
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MPTF CEO Beitcher declared an impasse on March 13 after the last of the two federal mediated final scheduled bargaining sessions between management and the union over a new three-year contract went nowhere. “We have been completely transparent with SEIU-UHW with regard to our financial condition,” he also stated while asserting the MPTF would hire temporary workers to cover for striking nurses and other healthcare workers during the three-day action. “We are ready to negotiate day and night to reach a fair contract settlement, but management has slammed the door on us with their ‘take it or leave it’ attitude and refused to bargain in good faith. 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,” said Milton Morataya, an activities coordinator at the Woodland Hills hospital in a statement Friday.
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