We have urged Yale to return to a mode of problem-solving and have launched our contract negotiations by giving the University a full job security proposal. Coming off our 5/5 Job Security Rally, the University acknowledged they will provide improved job security language. However, they have so far only made an abstract commitment to part of our proposal and are continuing to threaten layoffs in the Medical School.
The Local 34 Executive Board and members from the Medical Area met with Dean Alpern to present our findings on the impact of Yale-New Haven Hospital’s expansion on our work. Our report is based on almost 400 surveys of clinical staff members. Medical School workers told their stories about how the Hospital threatens our job security, highlighting an array of situations where we see our work being moved to YNHH.
At the end of May, the Dermatopathology Department issued layoff notices to two of our fellow C&Ts, Jayuan Carter and Julia Draughn. Previously, management held a meeting with C&T staff and asked for suggestions on how to reduce spending and increase revenue to address budget cuts. However, management completely disregarded our suggestions and elected to use layoffs to trim their budget, violating the Local 34 contract. It is clear that the work is not going away—Julia has been training to take over the work of another employee who left the department in addition to her own, and Jayuan is the only Lab Assistant in the department.
In just three and a half days, over 1,100 Local 34 members in the Medical School signed a petition calling for the the layoffs to be rescinded. On May 27, Jayuan and Julia delivered the petition to Dean Alpern and other members of Yale University leadership.