UPDATE: Our response to budget cuts April 8, 2014Posted by Local 34 in Uncategorized.
Last Wednesday, over 100 Local 34 members delivered a petition signed by over 900 C&Ts in the central/science area to Provost Ben Polak, President Peter Salovey, and Vice President Shauna King.
Join us at Wednesday’s Membership Meeting to hear more about this and other updates!
Local 34 Members in Central/Science Area Fight to Maintain & Increase Staffing Levels March 28, 2014Posted by Local 34 in Contract Updates.
Since 2008, the Provost’s office and department administrations have implemented annual budget cuts across the central/science area. While we have prevented many layoffs in past years, and successfully placed layoffs in new jobs, a large number of positions remain unfilled through attrition.
At the same time rebounding endowment returns and record-breaking alumni donations are funding expansion, including the newly-opened SOM building and the planned residential colleges.
We cannot continue to provide the services that make Yale a world-class institution unless the administration stops increasing workloads while reducing staff. Through petitions and Employee Participation Meetings in affected departments, we are insisting that Yale respect our work and live up its contract commitments for job advancement. Stay tuned for next steps!
I am the Registrar for the Department of English, and I’ve been working here since 2001. When positions are made vacant and not filled, the work does not disappear; instead it is divvied up amongst people who already have full workloads. There is not enough time in the day to attend to the increased responsibilities while also maintaining the necessary level of service to faculty and students. It can be discouraging to feel you are not meeting your own high expectations and also the needs of your department and colleagues.
Earlier this month, the New Haven Board of Alders released a 2014-2015 Legislative Agenda, focusing on five key issue areas: (1) Jobs, (2) Youth, (3) Public Safety, Crime & Violence, (4) Constituent Services/Quality of Life, and (5) Commitment to Fiscal Responsibility.
The preamble to the agenda states: “New development and economic growth are important to everyone who lives and works in New Haven. For the whole city to succeed and thrive, we must address the needs of everyone in the city – from those who struggle to make ends meet, to those who drive economic growth, and everyone in between.”
Local 34 member Dolores Colón (Library Services Assistant, Beinecke) serves as Chair of the Black & Hispanic Caucus of the Board of Alders, and participated in the development of this agenda. After its release she said, “I hope that the new Legislative Agenda will be a roadmap to more residents becoming employed at good jobs in New Haven and to a better quality of life for people who live or work here, including my fellow union members.”
Click here to read in depth press coverage of the new agenda.
Congratulations! March 13, 2014Posted by Local 34 in Uncategorized.
The Changing Healthcare Landscape: A Panel Discussion March 10, 2014Posted by Local 34 in Uncategorized.
Over 900 conversations… March 7, 2014Posted by Local 34 in Uncategorized.
On Wednesday, a group of Local 34 members delivered a petition with signatures from over 90% of C&T’s who work in the clinical area to Robert Alpern (Dean of the Yale School of Medicine), Paul Taheri (CEO of Yale Medical Group), and Marna Borgstrom (CEO of Yale-New Haven Hospital), asking that the Medical School administration act to protect our jobs.
Yesterday, the Local 34 Clinical Area Committee came together to vote on next steps in our campaign, and decided to invite the public to attend the panel discussion on the changing healthcare landscape on March 12th.
Local 34 Executive Board member Yolanda Giordano (Account Assistant, Pediatrics) said, “Our petition represents over 900 conversations between Local 34 members about the future of our work. I hope you will join us in continuing this conversation at the panel on Wednesday!”