New Haven, CT–Yale University and UNITE HERE Locals 34 and 35, the two major unions representing Yale employees, have agreed on new three-year contracts more than nine months before the expiration of their current contracts. The new agreements will take effect January 2010 and cover 3,400 clerical and technical employees in Local 34 and more than 1,200 service and maintenance employees in Local 35.
"These agreements signal a turning point in the history of labor relations at Yale," said President Richard C. Levin. "With these early and peacefully negotiated contracts, Yale and its unions have proven that our future together does not have to repeat our troubled past."
"The key decision makers on both sides decided to do the hard work together and come to an agreement," said Bob Proto, President of Local 35. "We are confident that the trust we have built through this process is the foundation for a greatly improved, new relationship between the unions and Yale."
"With these new agreements, the unions at Yale will grow as the University does," said Laura Smith, President of Local 34. "We are pleased to have reached agreements that meet our members’ needs and provide stability for the New Haven region’s economy."
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