While you were walking into work or headed to lunch this week, you may have seen us passing out leaflets across central campus. Three shifts a day, all week long, we have now passed out over 11,500 leaflets. We are sharing our stories about layoffs and chronic understaffing, our work being outsourced, and the constant threat of our clinical work being absorbed by Yale-New Haven Hospital. Job Security is the number one priority in this contract negotiation, and for good reason, until we have written agreements securing our jobs, we will keep fighting.
Last August, we talked about the threat that Pediatric Billing was facing. They had just been told their work would be subcontracted to an outside medical billing company. Members were furious, and concerned that their jobs were about to disappear.
Local 34 members in Pediatric Billing fought back and won! Over the next several months they successfully held back the outsourcing, eventually forcing Yale to halt any further work with the outside vendor. We know that we are the best people to do the work, and to prove it we went head to head with the outside company. The data showed what we already know: we do the work better and less expensively than contracting to outside companies. That's why we also were able to secure two E-level upgrades as well!
Wanda Ferreira, an Account Assistant in the department says, "Yale says that our jobs aren't under threat, but just last week, my manager started talking about outsourcing my job all over again."
Because Local 34 members fought back to protect our jobs, we were able to achieve this victory. But we know that we will not actually be safe until we have our job security in writing. We won't stop until we have a written agreement to protect the 986!
Our union has been very concerned about a part of the Affordable Care Act, a 40% excise tax, popularly known as the "Cadillac Tax." This tax would have impacted our members in the Aetna Plans if it was enacted. Fortunately, for nearly all of 2015, our union fought hard to get this part of the ACA repealed.
In December, we saw very good news out of Washington, as this tax was delayed until 2020, saving nearly 1,000 of our members in Local 34 in the Aetna POS plan thousands of dollars a year. We will keep fighting in Washington until the tax is fully repealed. This delay is a great step in that direction.
D. Taylor, President of UNITE HERE, released a statement addressing the delay, which we encourage you to read
here. He discusses the real driving costs of healthcare, the monopolization of our healthcare industry by large healthcare systems, ones like Yale-New Haven Health System. Although the delay of the tax helps, our Aetna plan's costs continue to rise.
Join us on March 9th for one of our quarterly Membership Meetings!
We will meet at 5:00pm at United Church on the Green.
Immediately following the meeting please join us at the Founding Convention of UNITE HERE Local 33! Our allies in GESO have requested that Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen count their union membership cards and certify their majority status.
They have voted to ask that UNITE HERE International Union President D Taylor receive the certification on March 9th and issue a charter for a new local union to represent graduate teachers and researchers on our campus: UNITE HERE Local 33.
Please join us on Wednesday and be part of the founding of Local 33!
Yesterday at noon, Local 34 leaders delivered our petition on job security and union growth to Medical School Dean Robert Alpern . . .
and to Provost Ben Polak . . .
and to President Peter Salovey at Woodbridge Hall . . .
We spoke out about the need to secure the 986 clinical jobs, fight for 1-for-1 language in our next contract, and grow our unions on campus through a no intimidation vote for GESO. Read more about our petition delivery in the Yale Daily News!