Motion Picture Television Fund Workers Approve New Deal

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The 3-year deal calls for 1 percent raise, a pension shift and staffing input for the health care workers

More than 500 union staff members at the Motion Picture & Television Fund have signed off on a new three-year contract.

The employees are represented by the Service Employees International Union-United Health Care Workers and man the MPTF facilities, which offer assistance and care to those in the motion picture and television industries.

The deal includes 1 percent annual pay increases with bonuses and a shift from a defined pension benefit to a 401 (k) contribution, according to SEIU-UHW spokesman Sean Wherley.

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“It also calls for the establishment of a joint union-management committee to address staffing levels that will help us maintain levels of safety and quality care,” said Wherley.

The agreement didn’t come easily. The union had threatened to on strike last March, but that was averted when both sides agreed to a 60-day cooling-off period. The contract  lapsed while the two sides were negotiating the new deal.

The MPTF offers residential care, a 40-bed long-term care unit, a 30-bed memory impairment unit and half a dozen outpatient health centers.