Our latest contract made it clear to the University that we will not allow our jobs to slip away to the Hospital. As Yale grows its clinical practices, we must grow alongside it. As part of our negotiations, we looked for positions that had gone to the Hospital and worked to move them back to the University.
We identified five positions in the Yale Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation that were filled with non-union Hospital workers. These positions are ours, and needed to transition back to University, Local 34 jobs.
We are happy to announce that we have five new union members! These workers, Medical Assistants and Cast Technicians, just completed their transition to Yale University jobs. As their department has expanded over the last year, it has also added another ten new Local 34 positions!
"I am so thankful for the work of all the Local 34 members fighting for my job," said Mia Rodriguez, a Medical Assistant. "Now that I'm a University employee, I'm making more money every year and I no longer have to pay for expensive health insurance. I'm about to have a baby, so this couldn't have come at a better time. Plus, I signed up for the AFLAC coverage and get to use the tuition reimbursement, which is going to be so great for my maternity leave and as I wrap up nursing school!"