Naugatuck Valley Project

NEARLY 200 ATTEND NVP 3rd ANNUAL MICAH and 30th ANNIVERSARY DINNER


Nearly 200 members of NVP member congregations, housing and labor organizations, including a dozen MICAH Honorees, their families and friends, and friends of NVP attended NVP's 3rd Annual MICAH Dinner and 30th Anniversary Celebration at Grand Oak Villa in Oakville on Saturday, November 14th. The Dinner and Program Book raised $10,403, resources that will support NVP's efforts to organize for a better, more just Valley.

Awardees

2015 Micah Awardees

 NVP CLERGY AND OTHER LEADERS MEET WITH PROSPECTIVE BUYER OF WATERBURY HOSPITAL

NVP followed up on its October 23rd meeting with Thomas Reardon, President of Prospect Medical Holdings: East with a second meeting on December 21st. The purpose of both of these meetings was to continue to make clear the importance of maintaining existing jobs, quality of care and financial transparency regardless of who eventually controls the Hospital.

A broad range of NVP clergy, representing institutions as diverse as Woodbury United Methodist, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Mt. Olive AME Zion Church, St. John's Episcopal Church, Gospel Tabernacle Church, the Judah Initiative and the Western Connecticut Central Labor Council came together to ask that Prospect Medical Holdings: East agree to our requests and put their commitments in writing in the form of a Community Benefits Agreement.

In our most recent meeting, Mr. Reardon agreed to create a working document detailing Prospect's existing commitments that can be used as the basis for negotiations going forward. Our goal will be to continue to work to make sure that promises that have been made to the Valley community are kept. 

NVP President Rev. Lionel French, Pastor of Gospel Tabernacle said that he believed that the diversity of organizations represented in this meeting, the clarity of stories told by clergy and labor leaders indicating the importance of the hospital to the life of those who work there, are cared for there, and to the community in general provided a powerful statement to Thomas Reardon and the current Waterbury Hospital management, and provided the basis for progress in this meeting.

   

NVP EMBARKS ON STORY-GATHERING CAMPAIGN           

Our work is fueled by the experiences and stories of our leaders. Over the next few months, NVP leaders and organizers will be entering into conversation with as many community members as possible as we seek to gather stories that relate to our core issues. We also hope to use the campaign to identity new leaders and previously undiscovered issues of broad relevance to the Valley.

CONNECTICUT HOME HEALTHCARE JUSTICE CAMPAIGN DETERMINES ACTION AGENDA

At its meeting on October 21st the leaders of the NVP-initiated Connecticut Home Healthcare Justice Campaign

decided on the following action goals for the coming year:

  • Win enforcement of the new Connecticut Domestic Workers Bill of Rights through education of workers and their employers and seeking the designation of the Department of Labor as the enforcement entity;
  • Following the release of the Governor's Task Force on Domestic Workers Rights report, fight for an expanded Connecticut Domestic Workers Bill of Rights law.
  • Ensure state funding to implement the Fair Labor Standards Act regulations, which provide for overtime pay for home healthcare workers, and fight for education and enforcement resources for these provisions;
  • Work to win the creation of palliative care training for home healthcare workers. 

Through this campaign NVP has brought together a range of religious, labor, immigrant, aging and women's groups to shape Connecticut's decisions about how to deal with the "silver tsunami," the rapidly aging baby boomer generation, many of whose members will need home healthcare services to age in the homes or communities, instead of in a nursing home. 

 The campaign's focus is to improve home healthcare jobs to improve the home healthcare that so many Valley residents and others need now or will need in the future. During the last legislative session the campaign helped win the passage of the Connecticut Domestic Worker Bill of Rights, which includes protections for home healthcare workers.

The campaign includes the: Connecticut Catholic Conference; Office of Catholic Social Justice Ministry of the Archdiocese of Hartford; New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Unitarian Universalist Society: East; Brazilian Worker Center; Service Employees International Union Local 1199; Service Employees International Union Local1199 Training Fund; Connecticut Women's Educational and Legal Fund; Connecticut Legislative Commission on Aging; Naugatuck Valley Project; United Action Connecticut; and the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI).

We wish you a wonderful New Year and a year of increasing peace and justice!

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