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Freedom of expression, harassment, and cowardly malevolence
Although freedom of expression had long been an explicitly protected policy of Yale University, for more than ten years during the 1980s and 90s the Yale Center for International and Area Studies (YCIAS) waged a campaign of harassment against a clerical worker for having spoken or written critically about certain administrative practices that she had observed, practices detrimental to both people and the institutions: deception, duplicity, and violations of University policies.
The harassment was conducted by a network of middle- and high-level administrators, led by senior faculty directors, that extended beyond the YCIAS. It lasted so long because of the indifference, the tacit assent, and sometimes the participation of some of the highest officers of the University. It thrived because the perpetrators exploited an underlying classist environment separating workers from those they supported.
This website, first published in 1998 and republished here in full, contains the major documents relevant to the case, with some background exposition, much of it part of the public record. The core materials, submitted to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), are written directly and as simply as possible in the first person.
Materials are organized in three main groups plus — and new to this edition — a personal postscript with behind-the-scenes material.
- The case laid out in legal documents, including
- Liebling’s Law
- NLRB Case — complete text of the case (#34-CA-7529) and all Exhibits (supporting documents) filed with and accepted by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
- The Union, addendum filed with NLRB case no. 34-CA-7529 — how Local 34, the labor union representing clerical and technical employees at Yale, failed to stop the harasament and its consequences
- Explanatory background and supporting documents
- YCIAS structure — the unique lines of authority at YCIAS
- The Players — identification and quick reference of people mentioned
- Condensed chronologies documenting the contradictory responsibilities, overwork, false assertions, and denials of hearings that were part of the harassment, and events surrounding the imposition of a gag order
- The outcome
- Brief introduction to outcome — how the NLRB forced Local 34 to act, and Yale to settle
- NLRB response — letter from NLRB Regional Director charging Yale to settle through contractual procedures, or, should Yale fail to do so satisfactorily, proceding to process Salome’s charge
- The settlement — document
- The settlement explained — what was lost, what was recovered
- Memo to the conspirators and perpetrators
- FAQ — brief answers by HS to the questions most frequently asked about this case
- Postscript (new to this edition and not included in the NLRB documents) — an informal narrative, “as if to a friend,” that includes what the ostensible negotiators were not aware of; and a PDF of the 1990 publication that intensified the harassment campaign
[The NLRB documents are part of the public record and under the Freedom of Information Act are available to members of the public upon request.]
Last updated 11 March 2022 (Friday) at 18:45:43 EST ▲