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YNHH and SEIU sign new, five-year contract

Yale New Haven Hospital and the New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199, SEIU, ratified a five-year collective bargaining agreement April 1. SEIU District 1199 members voted overwhelmingly to approve the recently negotiated contract.

“The agreement between SEIU and YNHH solidifies our commitment to a positive, collaborative relationship,” said Richard D’Aquila, president of YNHH and Yale New Haven Health System.

The term of the contract runs from Jan. 1, 2019 through the end of 2023. SEIU represents 268 employees in the Food and Nutrition area on the York Street Campus. Much of the focus of contract talks surrounded the mutual support for employee skill-building, development and career growth, as well as promoting consistent operational best practices.

“I know I speak for our entire senior leadership when I say that we are committed to working with all YNHH employees, including those represented by our unions, to honor the critical role our employees, physicians and management staff play in making YNHH a destination hospital,” D’Aquila said.

“The hard work of both bargaining committees ensured a fair contract for YNHH and our SEIU members,” said Hugh Edwards, assistant chef and lead union delegate. “The mutual respect demonstrated throughout contract talks is a positive and powerful step in continuing the strong collaboration for the future.”

“The partnerships shown during SEIU contract talks will go a long way in helping to move YNHH forward,” said Kevin A. Myatt, YNHHS senior vice president and chief human resources officer.