MEMBER PROFILE: Tyisha Walker January 23, 2014Posted by Local 34 in Members.
Tyisha Walker, Local 35 Secretary-Treasurer & President Pro Tempore, New Haven Board of Alders
Born and raised in the West River neighborhood, Tyisha started out in Yale Dining as a casual. Over time she worked her way up to be a full-time Cook’s Helper, a Department Steward, and Ward 23 Alder. In her Union and in her neighborhood, Tyisha works with members and neighbors to solve problems and advocate for better conditions. After being sworn in for a second term on the Board she said, “I stepped up because I wanted to represent everyone and make this city better for my two daughters.” Tyisha is especially proud of her work on youth services and violence prevention.
2014 Raises Begin on January 19th! December 18, 2013Posted by Local 34 in Contract Updates.
Our next annual raise will go into effect on Sunday, January 19, 2014. The minimum increase will be 3%, up from 2.5% last year. Those at the top of the salary structure due to seniority will also receive an additional increase of the value of ½ step in grade. Members who are not yet at the maximums of their grades and who are not ahead of their proper step for years of service will receive the value of a full step in grade. To view the entire Local 34 salary structure, click here and then click on “C&T Salary Structure.”
L&M Lockout Ends! December 18, 2013Posted by Local 34 in In Our Movement.
Nurses and Techs at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital will be going back to work tomorrow morning. The hospital has not yet moved on a settlement; however, founding members of Local 34 will recall our 1984 “Home for the Holidays” strategy of returning to work without a contract, which led to our landmark first contract settlement.
Just as we are fighting the layoffs of 11 members at the Yale Sleep Center, these union members are fighting for quality patient care and for job security at satellite clinics. Come with us to join their sunrise “back-to-work” celebration tomorrow morning or make a donation to their hardship fund: AFT-L&M Nurses and Techs Hardship Fund. Contact your organizer immediately for details.
Yale Sleep Center Staff Stand Up for Patient Care and Union Jobs November 18, 2013Posted by Local 34 in Members.
Hundreds of Local 34 members work in outpatient clinics in the Medical School, on the front line of patient care and service. Work in these clinics is changing rapidly, with the introduction of EPIC, consolidation under the Yale Medical Group, and the expansion of the Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH).
In October, these changes led to layoffs of Local 34 members for the first time. For over a decade, the Yale Sleep Center has been a national leader in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. In Spring 2013, the Sleep Center laid off four C&Ts and reduced the hours of one, citing the closure of their satellite clinics in Guilford and Norwich. Now, the Department is closing their Temple Medical Center facility. Just four weeks after the last group of C&Ts received layoff notice, the Yale New Haven Hospital announced that it was purchasing the Gaylord Sleep Center in North Haven, which will reopen as a YNHH clinic in March.
“The patients who we’ve treated for years will continue to be seen by the doctors we work with,” said Sleep Technician Gretchen Rose, “but the Sleep Techs who do the testing will now be non-union hospital staff.”
Any staff hired in North Haven will be employees of YNHH. “I really want to stay in sleep medicine, where I’ve worked for sixteen years,” said technician Wendy Stegina. “But I’m left with an awful choice: to apply and try my luck at a non-University facility and lose all of my union benefits, or to keep them and give up the career I’ve built and the patients I care about.”
The Sleep Center Staff have started a petition to protest their layoffs. “We are concerned about the consequences of the growth of Yale New Haven Hospital facilities. Our union jobs should not be replaced,” stated Sleep Tech Geri Haddon, “I don’t want to find a new clinical position at the University only to see the same thing happen again.”
Local 34 Members Volunteer in Local Elections November 18, 2013Posted by Local 34 in In Our Movement.
Local 34 members Evette Hamilton, Dolores Colón, and Adam Marchand were resoundingly re-elected to the New Haven Board of Alders on Tuesday, November 5th, along with other allies. New Haven voters also approved revisions to the City Charter to increase checks and balances and accountability in local government.
Nearly 100 Local 34 members got out and volunteered in this election, and many more turned out to vote on the 5th.
Reflecting on her reelection as Ward 24 Alder, Local 34 Member Evette Hamilton said: “I love serving my constituents, whether I’m helping a neighbor resolve a dispute with their landlord or working with fellow alders on citywide projects such as converting the Goffe Street Armory into a youth center. This recent election was hard work and I am grateful for all of the support I received from my ward and my co-workers.”