Strike Averted As MPTF and SEIU-UHW Announce 60-Day Cooling Off Period

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 15, 2013
CONTACT:
Sean Wherley, (323) 893-6831, swherley@seiu-uhw.org

LOS ANGELES – This afternoon, MPTF (Motion Picture and Television Fund) and the union representing certain of its employees, SEIU-UHW, jointly announced a 60-day cooling-off period during which time the two organizations will continue to negotiate in good faith toward a collective bargaining agreement. The announcement was made by Bob Beitcher, MPTF CEO, and Dave Regan, President of SEIU-UHW.

“I’m pleased we were able to reach this time out,” said Bob Beitcher, MPTF CEO. “After speaking at length with Dave, I feel more optimistic that the two sides can figure a way to reach a mutually satisfactory conclusion,” Beitcher continued.

“I am confident that we can reach an agreement that will continue to make MPTF a great place to receive and deliver care,” Regan said.

SEIU-UHW has rescinded its intent to strike at MPTF for 3 days starting the evening of Monday, March 18.  Both parties have also agreed to withdraw their Unfair Labor Practice claims at this time.  SEIU-UHW has also chosen to withdraw its bargaining proposal regarding Nurse Staffing levels.

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 SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West (SEIU-UHW) is the largest hospital and healthcare union in the western United States with more than 150,000 members. We unite every type of healthcare worker with a mission to achieve high-quality healthcare for all. SEIU-UHW is part of the 2.2 million-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the nation’s fastest-growing union. Learn more at www.seiu-uhw.org.


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