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Yale settlement averts planned stoppage.

Yale settlement averts planned stoppage

In New Haven, CT, Yale University settlet with two locals of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees, averting a planed work stoppage involving 3,600 employees. One of the unions represents clerical and technical workers, and the other, food service and maintenance workers. The 4-year agreement, the longest ever negotiated by Yale, provided for 6-percent annual pay increases.

Another feature of the settlement was a restructuring of teh job classifications systems, which the union contended has led to "economic discrimination" against women and minority group members because pay rates were too closely grouped and supervisors' assignment of employees to grades was arbitrary. Under the new system, the number of grades was reduced and supervisors will have less discretion in writing job descriptions.

Other provisions gave Yale more freedom in subcontracting work and increased training courses for employees.

Both sides said that they hoped that the accord signaled a reversal of the turbulent bargaining relationship of the past 20 years, which was marked by five work stoppages, including a 10-week stoppage in 19684.
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Title Annotation:Developments in Industrial Relations
Author:Ruben, George
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Apr 1, 1988
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