Anne Marie Quirke: “YPPS is stepping up.” July 18, 2014Posted by Local 34 in Employee Participation Meetings, Members.
I joined Local 34 in 2013 when I was offered the opportunity to convert from an M&P to a C&T position. Job security and peace of mind were contributing factors. Last April we found out that five of my coworkers were having their jobs eliminated. I am concerned that our department is facing layoffs and business reduction. We here at Yale Printing & Publishing Services (YPPS) stepped up and built our Union Committee. We have already met with management in an Employee Participation Meeting, and we delivered a petition to upper management signed by over 200 people. We have an upcoming meeting scheduled with upper management to work together to make a better plan for the future of our jobs here at YPPS.
New Haven Works surpasses first year goal July 18, 2014Posted by Local 34 in In Our Movement, New Haven.
On June 12, Local 34 members joined with community and political leaders to celebrate the first anniversary of New Haven Works. At the event Mayor Toni Harp announced that New Haven Works surpassed its first year goal, placing 323 New Haven residents into jobs, including many at Yale.
Local 34 members complete Leadership Bootcamp July 18, 2014Posted by Local 34 in Members.
Last month, over a dozen Local 34 members participated in a Leadership Bootcamp. These new union leaders participated in classroom training on organizing and stewarding as well as hands-on organizing conversations “in the field” where we signed up 40 new members in two hours!
Access for All! June 23, 2014Posted by Local 34 in Uncategorized.
The Yale Sleep Center at Temple Medical Center closed in January. Patients are no longer able to receive treatment in New Haven, and 11 Local 34 members who worked in the clinic lost their jobs. At the same time, Yale-New Haven Hospital announced that they would open a sleep center at a facility previously run by Gaylord Hospital in North Haven.
On Wednesday, the Connecticut Office of Health Care Access (OHCA) held a public hearing on these changes at the request of our Union. At the hearing, patients, taxpayers, and health care workers called on OHCA to hold Yale-New Haven Hospital accountable for its takeover of the sleep medicine market. Local 34 members filled the room and dozens gave testimony about the impact of the takeover on patient access, cost, and job standards. Mayor Toni Harp also gave testimony expressing concern about the effect of the transaction on New Haven residents and urging OHCA to get more information. Thank you to everyone who attended and made our voices heard at the hearing.
Check out the press coverage and photos below!
Harp Blasts “Facility Fees,” Sleep Center Deal New Haven Independent
WEDNESDAY: stand up for patients, workers, & taxpayers June 16, 2014Posted by Local 34 in Uncategorized.
The Yale Sleep Study Center at Temple Medical Center closed in January. Patients no longer are able to receive treatment in New Haven, and 11 Local 34 members who worked in the clinic lost their jobs. At the same time, the Yale-New Haven Hospital announced that they would open a Sleep Center at a facility previously run by Gaylord Hospital in North Haven.
Our Union has asked OHCA to hold a hearing in New Haven to allow the public to give input on these changes. We are concerned that the newly opened sleep center could charge additional facility fees to patients. Residents of New Haven may not be able to get needed treatment because of lack of transportation or the inability to pay added fees. Furthermore, our members who choose to follow their doctors and patients to North Haven will face large pay cuts and loss of seniority and benefits. This move is bad for patients, workers, and taxpayers.
Over 1,000 graduate employees call for a fair process to decide on union representation June 10, 2014Posted by Local 34 in Uncategorized.
On April 30th, nearly 500 members of the Graduate Employees and Students Organization (GESO-UNITE HERE) marched through heavy rain with hundreds of members of Local 34 and Local 35 and community allies to deliver a 220-foot-long supermajority petition to President Salovey. The petition called on Yale to maintain its leadership in positive labor relations by working with GESO to develop a fair process for graduate employees to decide on union representation, and to lead on several issues of immediate concern.
Maureen Jones, Local 34 Vice President for the medical area, was one of the speakers at the petition delivery. She told the graduate employees: “When we started building our union, the University told us no. We organized. We won. You have organized. You will win. This is your time! We are with you!”
Over 1,000 graduate employees signed the petition, constituting a supermajority of the bargaining unit as recognized at New York University last year. Click on the links below to see press coverage of the action!
Congratulations! May 16, 2014Posted by Local 34 in Members.
Last week, the Connecticut General Assembly passed three measures to help mitigate negative consequences that can occur for patients, taxpayers and health care workers when hospitals take over doctors’ practices:
- an amendment requiring certificate of need review (including a public hearing process) when hospitals take over any practice of 8 or more physicians.
- new rules requiring that patients be informed in advance if they will be charged facility fees, and how much their total costs will be
- a timetable by which the Connecticut Comptroller will begin reducing any unreasonable facility fees charged to the state employees’ health plan for outpatient care
Over the past several weeks, more than 50 Local 34 members took the day off to lobby for these changes in Hartford. Congratulations to everyone on these victories!