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    City, Yale New Haven Hospital and union reach accord on cancer center

    (3/23/2006) Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. today announced that the City of New Haven, Yale-New Haven Hospital and the SEIU have reached agreement on all outstanding issues, clearing the way for construction of the cancer center.

    “This is a watershed, historic agreement for the City, the hospital and the union,” the Mayor said. “It provides for all of our goals at once: state-of-the-art care for cancer patients and their families, good, stable jobs for residents of our City, especially the Hill, Dwight and West River, and a fair and civil outcome on labor issues. I am delighted that we were able to reach agreement. This is truly a win-win-win, not just for the City of New Haven, but for the entire state of Connecticut.”

    “The agreements we have reached build upon our understanding of and commitment to this community, a community that includes our patients, our current and future workforce and our civic and business colleagues,” said Marna P. Borgstrom, president and chief executive officer of Yale-New Haven Hospital. “We look forward to working with city leaders and members of the community to make all aspects of this important project a reality.”

    “With this agreement, our union looks forward to a new partnership with YNHH,” said David Pickus, secretary/treasurer, New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199. “Together we can improve the lives of the hospital caregivers and ensure the best possible care for the people this hospital serves.”

    The agreement was announced jointly at a news conference in the second floor atrium of New Haven City Hall by the Mayor, Borgstrom and Pickus. It capped intense, closed-door negotiations that have been ongoing for months but intensified over the last 48 hours. The Mayor thanked Bruce Alexander, Yale University Vice President for New Haven and State Affairs, who served as mediator in the process.

    “Today’s agreement shows the real measure of the City of New Haven,” DeStefano said. “This demonstrates our ability to see beyond those things that divide us and grasp the values and goals we all share. Some may think this process has taken too long. We aspired to develop an agreement that would add value to the families of New Haven, and indeed, the state of Connecticut, for decades to come. We have accomplished that today.”

    The agreement goes to the Board of Aldermen for approval (see schedule, attached) and has three principal components. The first is a land disposition agreement that governs the leasing and eventual transfer of property needed for the site; the City’s involvement in the design of the hospital and the designation of a developer, and a project labor agreement.

    The second component is a development agreement that includes a host of community benefits and a voluntary payment by the hospital to the City based on a standard formula calculated on the number of hospital beds and indexed to inflation. The terms of both agreements are summarized in the attachment.

    The third component is an agreement between the hospital and Local 1199 that provides a fair process for a secret ballot election supervised by the National Labor Relations Board.

    Yale-New Haven Hospital and the Service Employees International Union have agreed to a labor organizing process that will provide hospital employees with a fair and informed election process that includes a National Labor Relations Board secret ballot election.

    Clinical Cancer Center at Yale-New Haven Hospital

    Quick Facts

    • The $430 million Cancer Center project will create 350 union construction jobs at its peak and 400 permanent positions growing to 525 within two years of its opening.

    • The 497,000 square-foot, 14-story building will house both inpatient and outpatient cancer services for adults and children. It will feature 112 new inpatient rooms (all private), 12 new operating rooms, radiology services and diagnostic services, infusion suites, and a first floor women’s cancer center for treatment of breast and gynecologic cancer.

    • The Cancer Center will also provide spiritual support for patients and families with meditation space, a health library, a boutique for patients and a rooftop healing garden.

    • A report by the Connecticut Economic Resource Center estimates the overall economic impact of this Center at more than $1 billion. The Cancer Center will generate $4.5 million in one-time building and construction fees, as well as new revenue estimated at more than $5 million per year to the city of New Haven.

    • Every day, nearly 50 people are diagnosed with a new case of cancer in the State of Connecticut, 12 of who live in the New Haven area. Every day 19 Connecticut residents lose their battle with this disease.

    • This year nearly 3,000 Connecticut women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 500 will die.

    About 9,500 children will be diagnosed with new cases of cancer across the nation this year. The Yale Cancer Center is one of only 39 comprehensive cancer centers nationally as designated by the National Cancer Institute.

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