NAUGATUCK VALLEY PROJECT NEWS
NVP WATERBURY HOSPITAL COMMUNITY BENEFITS CAMPAIGN
NVP continues to work with our partners and allies to secure a binding Community Benefits Agreement between Prospect Medical Group: East and the community. NVP is currently in the process of gathering a sufficient number of signatures on a petition to trigger an additional state-sponsored community hearing concerning the hospital in Waterbury in the coming weeks. NVP plans to mobilize our members and partners to attend the hearing and make clear that the community expects present and future owners of Waterbury Hospital to maintain community benefits and contribute their fair share of taxes to the community. Please contact Danny Blinderman, NVP Organizer, at (860) 822-8430 to let us know if you want to join other NVP leaders at the hearing.
NVP FIGHTING FOR SENATE BILL 393, STRENGTHENED CONNECTICUT DOMESTIC WORKERS BILL OF RIGHTS
Through the Connecticut Home Healthcare Justice Campaign, organized by NVP, a range of religious, labor, immigrant, aging and women's groups have been organizing 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.
Backing the work of the Brazilian Worker Center, based in Bridgeport, NVP has been fighting for new legislation that will improve these jobs by establishing provisions, such as requiring a day of rest every 7 days for those providing live-in care.
NVP leaders are meeting with Valley state senators to press for passage of this bill.
In addition, our statewide campaign is working to:
• Win enforcement of the rights covered by the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights and, in particular, in part through public education.
• Winning Connecticut's full implementation of the recently court-cleared federal Fair Labor Standards Act that will give home healthcare workers rights to overtime.
• Working to win funding for palliative care training 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; United Action Connecticut (UACT); Naugatuck Valley Project; and the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI).
NVP HOUSE MEETING CAMPAIGN
Two months ago NVP began a campaign of story gathering meetings at member and potential member congregations, unions and community groups. The purpose of these meetings is to share stories related to current NVP campaigns, identify new leaders and build relationships that can lead to larger number of people taking action for justice in the Valley. We have already held seven house meetings and engaged more than sixty people, with several more meetings already scheduled for the month ahead. We have engaged people from a diverse array of congregations based both in Waterbury and the surrounding towns. The meetings have focuses on understanding the community’s relationship to Waterbury Hospital, and what they view as necessary in order to age with dignity.
NVP Delegates Assembly Scheduled for June 7th
NVP will be holding its delegates assembly on Tuesday, June 7th at 7:00pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Waterbury. Representatives from religious organizations, labor unions and community groups located all across the Naugatuck Valley will come together to share stories, learn together, and set the planning process for a fall convention in motion.