Cops, Yale Reach Tentative Contract Deal

Paul Bass PhotoIt took 28 months and 74 bargaining sessions, but Yale’s police union has reached a tentative agreement on a new contract.

If the rank and file vote approval, the agreement will run seven years.

Well, closer to five more years in actuality — the seven years would include in retrospect the two years since the last contract expired.

Members of the union, the Yale Police Benevolent Association (YPBA), are scheduled to vote on Oct. 30 whether to ratify the contract, which would run from July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2023.

Union leaders are urging a yes vote.

The union represents the 71 non-supervisory patrol officers and detectives in Yale’s 93-person police department.

“Our new contract represents a good, practical settlement that provides many enhancements in significant areas,” union leaders wrote in a press statement. The statement said the contract offers 3 percent annual pay increases. “additional job security protections; enhanced union administrative capabilities; grievance procedure enhancements, including increased cost sharing by the University for arbitrator fees, as well as improved due process and procedural rights protections.”

The leadership also reported that it succeeded in resisting a Yale demand that, like members of Yale’s UNITE HERE unions, the cops participate in a Health Expectations Program (HEP) that requires mandatory medical tests as well as coaching for those with chronic conditions. In return, the union agreed to “small premium co-shares for two-person and family coverage under the Yale Health Plan, which is currently premium-free.”

The university also withdrew two controversial health insurance proposals, according to the union: To require members to keep paying premium co-shares in retirement; to eliminate reimbursement of Medicare Part B premiums; and to reinstate a $800 maximum out-of-pocket expense cap under the Medicare Rx Plan.

Those health proposals in particular led to public protests by union members and a strike threat as negotiations dragged on. Click here, here, and here to read about some of that.

Update: On Thursday afternoon Yale issued a statement about the deal. It said in part:

An important issue addressed by the new agreement is overall income and job security, including opportunities for overtime, which can be more constrained in university environments than for comparable police officers in the public sector. At the end of this contract, Yale’s police officers will be among the highest paid officers in the state. ... The agreement continues Yale’s investment in highly competitive salaries, benefits, and working conditions for the officers, ensuring that Yale continues to attract and retain outstanding women and men to serve in the Yale Police Department.

Health insurance was another major topic of discussion throughout bargaining. The university had offered a program modeled after the State of Connecticut’s, as well as Yale’s agreements with Local 34 and Local 35 of UNITE HERE, which exchanged lower premiums and fees for greater ownership of nationally recommended preventive health actions. The police officers preferred a more traditional premium structure, captured in the new agreement. In addition, the agreement continues current retiree health benefits, even as these benefits are rapidly changing in the municipal sector.

The new agreement includes features designed to continue to improve the daily working relationship between the union and the police department, opportunities for police union input and problem-solving over new policies, and a committee on health insurance benefits.

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posted by: wendy1 on October 17, 2018  11:43pm

It sounds like a bad deal.  I wouldn’t sign.  Yale Corp. and El Cheapo can do much better for it’s cops, kids, and this town.

Did you know that Yale has a SWAT team?  I bumped into them.  Did you know that Yale received a quarter million dollars worth of military supplies about 3 years ago?

posted by: SpecialK on October 18, 2018  7:53am

Wendy, can you be more specific as to what you’ve seen in the new contract that makes it a bad deal? Oh, that’s right you haven’t seen it so you really don’t know.

posted by: HewNaven on October 18, 2018  9:55am

These guys are foolish to not take something like the HEP, which 34 and 35 have agreed to. It’s beneficial to members to catch potential health problems early and possibly prevent disease, and also beneficial to “coach” those who have already developed chronic issues. It also cuts down on the cost of healthcare in the long run. You don’t have to wait until something is an emergency to treat it.

posted by: wendy1 on October 18, 2018  4:43pm

HEP sounds like a gimmick and why do Yale cops have to copay at “Yale Healthplan” not to mention these cops should be getting free yearly physicals and stress Rx from billionaire Yale.
YALE COPS—  DONT SIGN !!! or at least sell the military equipment you sure aren’t using as that will cover all the copays Yale will charge you.

posted by: JG0523 on October 18, 2018  6:17pm


Yes I know that Yale has a SWAT team, I’m curious as to why you seem so fixated on them? Should they not have one??

Also they no longer have any of the military surplus equipment as they have returned all of it to the government and furthermore were not allowed to sell it anyway.

posted by: wendy1 on October 19, 2018  1:08pm

JG——when I was at a state Uni with 30,000 other folks, many of us activists in the 60’s and early 70’s, all we had was 4 uni cops arresting kids at night for sex and drugs.  If a school needs a Swat team, I need a body transplant.