NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A local hiring agreement with unions and New Haven works will expand the University’s employment outreach to residents over the next three years.
University officials say they will focus on neighborhoods in the Elm City where there are high rates of unemployment and poverty. Yale President Peter Salovey says the employment of New Haven residents will help the economic development of the city.
Meanwhile Board of Alders President Tyisha Walker and New Haven Works Executive Director Melissa Mason explain Yale’s expanded commitment will create more opportunities for residents and improve the quality of life in the area.
The U.S. Census Bureau’s latest data shows the overall unemployment rate in New Haven is at 9 percent, with one in four families living below the federal poverty lines.
New Haven Board of Directors Chair Jorge Perez calls the partnership between Yale, New Haven, its residents, and the business community a win-win. Meanwhile, New Haven Mayor Toni Harp says the new job opportunities will help tackle the job crisis, and create a more secure future. Local 35 UNITE HERE President Bob Proto calls the hiring agreement an example for other employers, as well.