Half of Yale's Clerical and Technical Employees Report for Work During Strike

Yale University reported that about 50% of its clerical and technical employees did not participate in a strike called today by their union, Local 34 of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees.

“Nearly half of our clerical and technical workers were on the job today, or absent for a reason other than the strike, such as previously scheduled vacations,” said Helaine Klasky, director of public affairs. “We are pleased that so many of our 2,900 clerical and technical employees decided to come to work.”

The other union that called a strike for the week of March 3-7 is Local 35 of the Hotel Employees union, which represents about 1,100 service and maintenance workers at Yale. The University said that about 95% of the service and maintenance employees participated in the strike.

The two unions have informed Yale that the strike will end after Friday. Yale remains hopeful that new contracts can be reached in the near future; three negotiating sessions are scheduled for the week of March 10.

The University’s educational, research and clinical missions are being fulfilled during the strike with minimal inconvenience for students, faculty and researchers. For example, all classes are being taught and all libraries and athletic facilities are fully operational.

Information on the strike and Yale’s labor negotiations is available at: www.yale.edu/opa/labor

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Helaine Klasky: helaine.klasky@yale.edu, 203-432-1345