Six clinical technologists upgraded to E level! December 18, 2014Posted by Local 34 in Uncategorized.
Six Grade C and D Clinical Technologists in the Yale Cytogenetics Lab were upgraded to Grade E by an independent consultant. Five of them received two years of back pay and the sixth, a newer employee, was upgraded as a result of the decision. Members Chelsea Matarese, Jennifer Boyle, Krista Sfiridis, Katie Amato, and Brittany Grommisch, Fang Lin, and Dongmei Wang perform high and unusual skill genomic and molecular cytogenetics analysis. Their work affects patients, clinicians and researchers in obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, cardiology, neurology, internal medicine, hematology and oncology at Yale and beyond and is part of the high level of care and service our Local 34 clinical workers provide.
Medical area members speak up about centralization of our work December 18, 2014Posted by Local 34 in Uncategorized.
Over the last several months, employees in many clinical departments have experienced restructuring and centralization of their work. Reorganizations spearheaded by Yale Medical Group (YMG) have impacted clinical, administrative, and financial job families. It is important that we have a voice as changes are taking place. Members in several departments including Pediatrics and Surgery have held EPMs to ensure that their interests are heard. If your work is being restructured or changing, please inform your committee person or organizer!
Local 34 marches with Atlantic City casino workers December 18, 2014Posted by Local 34 in Uncategorized.
For decades, Atlantic City casino workers have sacrificed wage increases to maintain their high-quality union health insurance. However, billionaire investor Carl Icahn has taken away the insurance and retirement plans of 1,100 casino workers and is threatening to take more.
In response dozens of Local 34 members and other New Haven allies joined more than 1,500 casino workers and others in Atlantic City in a march down the boardwalk just before Thanksgiving to protest the billionaire’s anti-worker actions.
Icahn has pulled $350 million out of Trump Entertainment, driving the Trump Taj Mahal into bankruptcy and threatening to close the casino entirely, possibly leaving 3,000 people without jobs right before the holidays.
Local 34 members discuss hospital monopolies with top state legislators November 25, 2014Posted by Local 34 in Uncategorized.
Because of our union’s leadership on health care reform, we were invited to present to the state’s top legislators about the impact of hospital monopolies on workers, patients and taxpayers. Local 34 Chief Steward Gloria Timpko, Local 34 Health Care Team member Lorraine Skibitcky, and Local 217 Health Care Team member Ken Blair (pictured above from left to right) told legislators that our patients are still being hit with unreasonable facility fees as hospitals, like Yale-New Haven Hospital, buy up doctors practices. They also described the steps our union is taking to engage members in cutting costs and living healthier lives. The group urged legislators to find ways to control hospital prices so that our efforts aren’t undermined by spiraling costs.
Local 34 members fight budget cuts November 25, 2014Posted by Local 34 in Uncategorized.
Yale’s endowment is at an all-time high, but after five years of budget cuts staff and services in many of our departments have been cut to the bone. In early October, the committee in the Central/Science area met and voted to take these fights from the department level to the central administration, join with our allies on campus to press the administration to rescind the budget cuts, and make our concerns about the consequences of these cuts public. Our first step was sharing our stories of how the cuts have affected our work with the Yale Daily News. Click here to read the article.
Our Union plays key role in Malloy victory November 25, 2014Posted by Local 34 in New Haven.
In August, Local 34 invited both major gubernatorial candidates to interview for an endorsement. The Executive Board pressed Malloy about his support for workers organizing and about the increasing monopoly of the Yale New Haven Health system.
Our union has become a decisive factor in elections over recent years because of the hard work we do to get out the vote. Again this time, after deciding to support Malloy, we were pivotal in delivering his victory.
Throughout October dozens of Local 34 members volunteered to door knock. Our work paid off on November 4th, with New Haven pulling a nearly 20,000 vote margin for Malloy, ensuring four more years of pro-worker leadership in Hartford.
On October 21st, thousands of members of the Graduate Employees and Students Organization (GESO UNITE HERE) and allies from UNITE HERE Local 34, Local 35, and Local 217, New Haven Rising, and Students Unite Now were joined by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Governor Dan Malloy, Mayor Toni Harp, and members of the New Haven Board of Alders in unveiling the photographs of a majority of graduate employees who want a union. The photographs were presented in the form of a 525-foot banner displaying the faces of a majority of graduate employees, as well as the allies who are joining them in calling on Yale University to negotiate.