MPTF And Healthcare Workers Union Agree To 3-Year Contract

By | Monday December 30, 2013 @ 12:44pm PST

Members of Service Employeesmptf__120223183300__130309032645 International Union-United Healthcare West voted on Friday to ratify a three-year agreement with the Motion Picture and Television Fund, ending a year-long dispute at the MPTF’s Wasserman Campus and other facilities. 80% of union members voted to approve the deal, which includes 1% annual pay increases and bonuses for some 500 staff members at the facilities, SEIU-UHW spokesman Sean Wherley said today. The agreement also addresses the issue of staffing levels at the facilities, which was a key issue during the negotiations. The contract enables “a joint labor-management committee to begin discussions on how to handle staffing, so as not to compromise safety and ensure the highest level of care for residents”, Wherley said.

Related: MPTF & Healthcare Workers Union Agree To New Talks

seiu-uhwUnion members had been working without a contract for more than a year. The contentious dispute reached a peak last March when union officials had threatened a three-day strike after contract talks broke down. Both sides subsequently agreed to a 60-day “cooling off” period during which negotiations continued.   Read More »

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No Strike: MPTF & Healthcare Workers Union Agree To New Talks

By | Friday March 15, 2013 @ 6:17pm PDT

Just days before a strike was set to start, management and the union representing healthcare workers at the Motion Picture and Television Fund’s hospital and facilities today agreed to step back from the brink. Instead of … Read More »

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Healthcare Workers Union Files Charge Against MPTF With National Labor Relation Board

By | Friday March 15, 2013 @ 2:12pm PDT

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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Enormous MPTF Executive Pay Exposed By Union

By | Thursday March 14, 2013 @ 5:13pm PDT

On the eve of a Monday strike, the union that represents healthcare workers at the Motion Picture and Television Fund‘s hospital and facilities is taking a scorch Earth approach. The latest salvo by the Service Read More »

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Strike By Healthcare Workers Certain At MPTF; No More Talks Planned

Despite a looming strike next week, there was no last minute deal struck today in the last bargaining session between the Motion Picture and Television Fund and the union that represents the healthcare workers at the Wasserman … Read More »

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UPDATE: Healthcare Workers Union Notifies MPTF Of Strike Starting March 18

By | Friday March 8, 2013 @ 9:56pm PST

UPDATE, 9:56 PM: I just got a statement (see below) from MPTF CEO Bob Beitcher about the SEIU’s planned three-day strike. Expressing “surprise and disappointment” on the labor action, Beitcher says that “on Monday we will begin … Read More »

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Union Leaflets, Not Pickets, For Katzenberg’s ‘Night Before’ Oscar Party For MPTF

By | Friday February 22, 2013 @ 4:28pm PST

Guests at Jeffrey Katzenberg’s 11th Annual ‘Night Before’ Oscars Fundraiser benefiting the Motion Picture and Television Fund tomorrow won’t have to worry about crossing a union picket line after all. But that doesn’t mean they’ll be able to ignore … Read More »

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Union Pickets MPTF Hospital; Is ‘Night Before’ Oscar Party Next?

By | Thursday February 21, 2013 @ 12:41pm PST

Ross Lincoln contributed to this report

The contract battle between union members and the Motion Picture and Television Fund spread today from the negotiating table to the streets. As I reported last week that they would, the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West set up protest lines Thursday in front of the MPTF’s hospital in Woodland Hills and other MPTF locations in protest of the tepid state of the talks. Chanting, “What is this about? Patient care!” and “We’re healthcare workers fighting back!”, about 25 demonstrators marched on the sidewalk in front of the facility. While not a formal strike action, the protest could be an opening act for union members showing up outside Jeffrey Katzenberg’s 11th Annual “Night Before” Oscars Fundraiser for the MPTF on February 23 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. A source told me last week SEIU is “seriously considering” going on the line outside the charity event.

Said MPTF CEO Bob Beitcher in a statement for Deadline: “MPTF continues to believe that the best place to negotiate with SEIU is around a table and not on the street or in the press. We know that industry members who encounter the informational pickets today fully understand that there are at least two sides to every negotiation and will be able to see through the rhetoric and trust that MPTF deals fairly and equitably with its labor force.”

A source told Deadline the hospital has increased workloads today to make scheduling breaks more difficult and make it harder for employees to attend the demonstration. Read More »

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UPDATE: MPTF CEO “Encouraged” By Contract Talks As Union Prepares To Picket This Week

UPDATE, 8:34 AM: The union that represents healthcare workers at the Motion Picture and Television Fund’s care facility and hospital is planning picket lines this week but the organization’s CEO says “progress was made” in the last set of talks between the two sides. “We were encouraged by this past week’s bargaining session with SEIU and a federal mediator,” said the MPTF’s Bob Beitcher in a statement today. In the February 14 meeting, the MPTF offered to open up their books to provide the SEIU will a full sense of their negotiating position, says a source close to the situation. The union, who won a strike authorization vote from their members on January 30, is planning to picket MPTF offices and the Woodland Hills hospital on February 21. More visibly, the SEIU is considering a picket line at Jeffrey Katzenberg’s February 23 ‘Night Before’ charity event for the MPTF at the Beverly Hill Hotel. Read MPTF CEO Beitcher’s full statement here:

We were encouraged by this past week’s bargaining session with SEIU and a federal mediator.  Progress was made in resolving a long list of open contract points and both parties were actively engaged in narrowing the discussions to a few key issues.  To facilitate additional progress, MPTF and SEIU continue to comply with additional information requests and MPTF has agreed to provide an educational workshop for SEIU’s bargaining unit.  We are hopeful that the next bargaining session on March 7th will take us even closer to achieving a mutually satisfactory 3-year agreement.

PREVIOUSLY, FEB. 15: Jeffrey Katzenberg’s 11th Annual ‘Night Before’ Oscars Fundraiser benefitting the Motion Picture and Television Fund on February 23rd could suffer a pre-strike union picket line. That’s because of a stalemated bargaining session Thursday between the MPTF and the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West. I have learned that the powerful union is “strongly considering” going out on the line at the charity event at the Beverly Hills Hotel. That would present guests with a dilemma because some notables also belong to unions — Hollywood guilds — and won’t want to cross the picket line. The gala has been protested before – but by families and concerned friends of the long-term care hospital and units when Katzenberg decided to close them. The guests in limousines simply whizzed past the demonstrators barely giving them a glance. But last year’s fundraiser went off without a hitch when a compromise was reached to keep the long-term care facilities open. Read More »

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MPTF CEO Says Union Wrong About Main Issue Causing Labor Dispute

By | Thursday January 31, 2013 @ 12:46pm PST

The growing labor action at the Motion Picture and Television Fund‘s care facility and hospital has nothing to do with staffing issues, the nonprofit’s CEO said today. “Staffing levels has not been a part of our negotiations with SEIU since September 2012.  Rather, the issues are all economic — wages, share of health insurance costs, and pension benefits,” says Bob Beitcher. He was responding to Wednesday’s strike authorization vote by the employees at the facility and the ongoing negotiations between the union and management. The Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West have insisted that low staffing levels are what is “pushing” their actions. Click over for Beitcher’s full statement: Read More »

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MPTF Hospital Workers Clear Way For Strike

By | Wednesday January 30, 2013 @ 7:14pm PST

Union members at the Motion Picture and Television Fund’s care facility and hospital today overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike. While that doesn’t mean the nurses, their aides, medical-records workers and other caregivers are walking off the … Read More »

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Barry Diller Gifts $30 Million To MPTF

By | Tuesday June 5, 2012 @ 9:14am PDT

And Barry Diller isn’t even a Hollywood mogul anymore… Where are the rest of the movie/TV machers pulling down huge annual compensations?

Related: MPTF Unveils New $350M Fundraising Campaign

Los Angeles, CA, June 5, 2012 – George Clooney, a member of the Motion Picture & Television Fund Board of Directors, today announced that Barry Diller and his family have stepped forward with a $30 million legacy gift towards the previously announced MPTF Campaign goal of $350 million being led by Jeffrey Katzenberg, MPTF board member and chairman of the MPTF Foundation.

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Motion Picture & TV Fund Partners With UCLA For Geriatric Psychiatry Unit

By | Tuesday February 14, 2012 @ 1:25pm PST

LOS ANGELES, Calif., February 14, 2012 — The Motion Picture and Television Fund (MPTF), the 90-year old charity supporting Hollywood’s entertainment industry, announced today a first-of-its-kind affiliation with UCLA Health System and its Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital for a geriatric psychiatry unit on MPTF’s Wasserman Campus in Woodland Hills. The co-branded MPTF and UCLA geriatric psychiatry unit will provide both inpatient and outpatient services to persons 55 years and older with emotional or behavioral disorders. The unit will accommodate up to 12 patients and is anticipated to be fully operational, pending regulatory approvals, by the first quarter of 2013.

“This historic linkage with the UCLA Health System is another key piece in the larger
strategy we have developed for our organization,” said Bob Beitcher, CEO of MPTF.
“Among our many goals, we are focused on building a healthcare campus capable of
delivering a broad set of services to our industry members and, selectively, to the San
Fernando Valley community,” Beitcher concluded.

“UCLA feels privileged to contribute its world-class geriatric expertise to MPTF’s
storied campus,” said Dr. David Feinberg, president of the UCLA Health System.
“UCLA has enjoyed a long and productive relationship with the entertainment
community and this new affiliation will be a welcome extension of that,” Feinberg

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Another Setback For MPTF: Feds Approve 22% Cut In Medi-Cal Reimbursements

By | Wednesday November 2, 2011 @ 8:10pm PDT

It seems as if the Motion Picture and Television Fund can’t win for losing. One step forward then three or four steps back. An agreement with Providence Health & Services to provide acute care ultimately fell through. Then the … Read More »

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Why Is MPTF’s Ousted Dr. David Tillman Returning Through The Back Door?

MPTF’s Acute Care Deal With Providence Health & Services Falls Through

EXCLUSIVE: More bad news at the Motion Picture And Television Fund. Family members are furious … Read More »

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Bob Beitcher Officially President and CEO of MPTF

By | Tuesday July 26, 2011 @ 10:47am PDT

WOODLAND HILLS, CA–(Marketwire – Jul 26, 2011) – The Motion Picture and Television Fund (MPTF) today announced that Bob Beitcher has been named the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MPTF. Beitcher has been serving as the interim CEO for the organization since February 2010.

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