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Yale contract comes 20 months after election.

In January, about 20 months after it won a representation election at Yale University, Local 34 of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union negotiated an initial contract, ending a bitter dispute between the parties. Throughout the talks, the union had contended that the 1,500 workers (mostly women) were underpaid relative to men performing work of comparable worth to society simply because the Yale workers held "traditional" women's jobs, such as telephone operators and secretaries. The university disputed this, say ing t hat it paid equal wages for all employees performing the same work, and that settlement of such comparable worth disputes could be resolved only through broad national decisions.

According to the union, the 3-1/2-year contract provides for general wage increases totaling 20.25 percent, and a revamping of the salary structure that will bring the combined overall average annual salary increase to about 35 percent for current employees. Previously, the average salary was about $13,300.

The settlement was preceded by a strike that began on September 26 and ended on December 4, when the employees returned to work.
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Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Mar 1, 1985
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