Since 2003, Yale has grown significantly while we’ve been able to secure excellent contracts. For the 10 years following 2003 we grew as Yale grew, creating many of the good jobs that we all rely on.
As we engage with Yale once again to negotiate our 2017 contract, we can see that things have changed. The University is aggressively trying to change how our work in the clinical areas is performed, while across campus we are being asked to do more with less. For the first time in our history as a union, we are seeing the number of C&Ts at Yale decline.
It’s the first priority in our contract negotiations to reverse this trend, and across campus we are working hard to make sure we secure language that will protect all of our jobs.
We haven’t begun these negotiations yet, but our health care team has been working to make sure that we are ahead of the game when we do.
The team has been working incredibly hard to keep health care costs low, while maintaining our excellent options. We submitted a thorough information request last November to assess all aspects of our medical plans and health programs. This month the University fulfilled the last piece of the request with a detailed study on the prices both Aetna and Yale Health pay for services at Yale-New Haven Hospital and the Yale Medical Group.
We’ll analyze this data and make sure that Yale is able to get the best costs possible for our members, keeping our health care options intact.
The committee gathered on August 10 to discuss our upcoming contract and how to secure our great union standard once again.
We discussed how far we’ve come since the beginning of this year and what we’ll need to do to win another great contract. We’ve been pushing the University inch by inch, at our 5/5 rally and in numerous meetings with management in departments across campus. Each united action we take builds our strength and moves us forward.
But they are not just recruiting in Stamford. MPM already employs C&T workers who staff Branford Dermatology and Yale Eye Center, Guilford. MPM is owned by Yale University and our contract clearly states that Local 34 represents all C&T workers employed by Yale in the Greater New Haven region. We have years of history representing workers in Branford and Guilford. So while our members are experiencing unprecedented attacks on our job security, the University is violating our contract by hiring non-union C&Ts in Greater New Haven.
Senior Administrative Assistant
Department of Dermatology
In keeping with the vote at our December Membership Meeting, job security has been our first priority in bargaining. We submitted full job protection language to Yale in April, but did not receive a counterproposal from the University. During the month of May, Yale saw how serious both locals are about this issue and about the 986 clinical jobs in particular:
- With Contract Negotiations Looming, Nearly 2,000 Yale Workers Hold Mass Demonstration Calling on Yale to Protect their Jobs
- Local 34 Executive Board Meets with Dean Alpern about YNHH’s Impact on Our Work
- Local 34 Members In Dermatopathology Fight Back Against Layoffs
After a slow start, Yale began responding with written commitments in June. The University has now submitted three increasingly promising drafts to protect our clinical jobs.
However, we have a number of challenging issues ahead. Local 34’s Executive Board has authorized the Officers of the union to evaluate when there is a document that will adequately protect our work.
Stay tuned for updates in the coming weeks as details develop. In the meantime, ask your committee person about our next action on August 26th and look for the results from our Contract Survey.
Laurie Kennington, Local 34 President
Ken Suzuki, Local 34 Secretary-Treasurer