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