Yale expands local hiring agreement with unions and New Haven Works, commits to hire 1,000 city residents

Yale University, UNITE HERE Yale Unions, and New Haven Works announced Dec. 18 that an agreement has been reached that will further expand the University’s employment outreach to New Haven residents. As part of this agreement, the University has made a commitment to hire 1,000 New Haven residents over the next three years, with a focus on the city neighborhoods with the highest rates of unemployment and poverty.

“We view the employment of New Haven residents to be an integral part of our efforts to accelerate the economic development of the City,” said Yale President Peter Salovey. “We are pleased to partner with New Haven Works on this important initiative.”

“Nothing is more important to the future of our city than high quality jobs,” said Board of Alders President Tyisha Walker. “There are many talented local residents who just need the right opportunity and Yale’s expanded commitment will make a big difference.”

“This commitment has the potential to significantly improve the quality of life in many New Haven neighborhoods,” said New Haven Works Executive Director Melissa Mason, “We are proud to partner with the University on this initiative.”

The latest data released by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that overall unemployment in New Haven is at 9%. Meanwhile, one in four New Haven families live below the federal poverty line.

“The deepening of this partnership is a win-win for Yale University, the City, our residents and the business community,” said New Haven Works Board of Directors Chair Jorge Perez. “The University’s stepping out of the box to lead this initiative is an excellent example for other employers.”

“Access to a good quality job is essential for a good quality of life,” said New Haven Mayor Toni Harp, “Every one of our residents that has a good job can look forward to a secure future. I commend Yale University for their leadership in tackling the jobs crisis.”

“This agreement takes a step toward solving New Haven’s jobs crisis,” said Local 35 UNITE HERE President Bob Proto, “Yale University is leading by example and we are hopeful that other employers will step up to the plate.”

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