Laurie Kennington, president of Local 34 of Yales clerical and technical workers, said the relationship between the unions and the university has improved over the past decade.
represents 3,700 Yale employees, she
I congratulate them for being concerned enough to have made the jobs our members do become really good jobs, Kennington
The impact of having our union achieve the status for workers that it has cant be underestimated.
Thirty years ago, Kennington
said secretaries at Yale
made pin money that wasnt designed to support a family, but to add a little to what their husbands made in the workplace.
Today, these jobs are regarded as some of the best in the region, she
said the union continues to push Yale
at the negotiating table to hire more workers from New Havens poorer neighborhoods as well as from some of the citys working class neighboring suburbs.
As Connecticuts economy struggles to recover all of the jobs it lost during the last recession, Kennington
said the competition for jobs of all kinds at Yale
has gotten more fierce.
People are willing to drive from Fairfield County and the Hartford area daily to work at Yale
Before former New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr. took office in 1994 and began working with then-Yale President Richard Levin for the next two decades on placing a higher priority on the relationship between the city and the school, Kennington said there was a perception that the university was trying to build a moat around the campus.