Yale Promises to Hire More New Haveners

Street pressure by New Haven Rising and the community-labor coalition paid off, as New Haven’s largest employer,  Yale University, announced it will hire 1,000 New Haveners over the next three years.


See article for more information: www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/yale_promises_to_hire_more_new_haveners/


New Haven Rising campaigns for Access to Good Jobs

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CCNE activists participate in mass civil disobedience for immigration reform

On October 8, 2013 twenty activists from New Haven and Hartford traveled to the Washington, DC to join nearly 15,000 immigrant rights advocates from across the country for the “Camino Americano” March for Dignity & Respect. Taking part in a 200-person civil disobedience to push for fair immigration reform were members of CCNE, CT Citizen Action Group (CCAG), the New Haven People’s Center, New Haven Rising, UNITE HERE at Yale, Students Unite Now (SUN), CT Immigrant Rights Alliance (CIRA) and more.

Eight members of Congress, including civil rights icon John Lewis, were arrested alongside labor leaders, DREAMERS (undocumented students), religious leaders and activists from across the country.

The October 8th “Camino Americano” or American Road event was the national culmination of over 150 events held in hundreds of cities across the U.S. on Saturday, October 5 (#OCT5) aimed at pushing for comprehensive immigration reform.

Earlier this year, immigration appeared to be a top priority on Capitol Hill, but has since fallen to the back burner as the shutdown and other issues dominate the news cycle and congressional calendar.

CCNE and the estimated 15,000 participants in the October 8th march and action hoped to pressure Congress to act on immigration reform this year.

(LEFT) Rev. Adelaida Moreno, a co-chair of the Interfaith Fellowship for Universal Health Care







Sampling of media coverage of the march and arrests:

ABC News: Eight Lawmakers Arrested in Push for Immigration Reform

POLITICO: 8 Lawmakers Arrested at Immigration Rally

NH Independent: 20 [from New Haven] Arrested at D.C. Immigration Protest

New York Times: 8 Lawmakers Arrested at Immigration Protest

NBC New York: Charles Rangel Among 8 House Democrats Arrested in DC Rally

NPR: Immigration Reform Rally Ends in Arrests in Front of Capitol




(LEFT) Photo courtesy of Reform Immigration FOR America

The Fight to Cure a Community’s Ills

The Fight to Cure a Community’s Ills: How An Innovative Alliance Forced Yale-new Haven Hospital To Help Its Impoverished Neighborhood As Part Of A Plan For A New Cancer Center

May 21, 2006 | By JOEL LANG | Hartford Courant

Download the PDF:  The Fight to Cure a Community’s Ills

Or read the article online: Click Here

Joel Lang’s excellent, in-depth overview of the CORD (Communities Organized for Responsible Development) struggle that resulted in a landmark community benefits agreement (cba) with Yale-New Haven Hospital also looks at CCNE’s origins and its co-founders, Rev. Scott Marks and Andrea Van Den Heever.

Piping Up: Employees, prepare to meet your employers (Jobs Pipeline)

“Piping Up,” by Sam Bendinelli

Yale Herald, September 21, 2012

The story of New Haven in the last decade is a tale of two cities. Most visibly, and especially since the recession took hold, there has been high unemployment. New Haven’s rate has hovered between three and five percentage points above the national average, and by the latest counts, 6,400 New Haven residents are actively seeking work. And then there are unemployment’s attendant consequences: low school achievement, spiraling levels of poverty, spikes in crime and violence. In 2011, there were 34 murders; it was the city’s highest tally in 20 years.

Yet at the same time, New Haven’s job market is actually growing. In April, while Connecticut as a state dropped 4,100 jobs, the New Haven labor market expanded by 1,700 posts. “There are two very different stories going on in our city right now,” said Laurie Kennington, president of the Local 34, the union representing Yale’s clerical and technical employees. “One is about the economic downturn and joblessness and violence; the other is about the revitalization of downtown and the expansion of the economy here.” What the jobs pipeline aims to do, then, is merge these two parallel chapters into a single narrative.

FULL ARTICLE: http://yaleherald.com/news-and-features/piping-up/

Read more on CCNE’s work in pushing for a “pipeline” -or comprehensive jobs training and local hiring initiative-  here:   http://www.ctneweconomy.org/2012/08/jobs-pipeline-program-connecting-un-and-under-employed-residents-to-good-jobs-advances/

(Scroll to the bottom to check out previous articles on the progress towards a Pipeline in New Haven).

Advocates Call For CT To Move Forward With A Public Option

“Advocates Call For CT To Move Forward With A Public Option In Wake Of Decision”

by Christine Stuart | Jun 28, 2012 CT News Junkie

During a celebration of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Patient and Affordable Care Act, religious leaders and health care advocates called on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to embrace a public option.

Iman Kashif Abdul-Karim of the Islamic Center of Greater Hartford called on Malloy, who “during his campaign proclaimed his intention to expand access to healthcare,” to “please stop wasting time and start doing the work he was elected to do.”

The crowd gathered at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford Thursday afternoon cheered Adbul-Karim’s remarks.

Abdul-Karim and other advocates called on Malloy to go further than just implementing the Patient and Affordable Care Act. They called on him to create an “affordable public option” here in Connecticut.

On the campaign trail in 2009,  Malloy said he supported a public option, and he even stood side-by-side with religious leaders in calling for a public option just weeks before taking office. However, campaigning is different than governing and faced with a $3.6 billion budget deficit, Malloy backed off his support for a public option.

Click here to read the full article.

2,000 join “Let’s Get to Work” march for Jobs Pipeline, good jobs at Yale

On April 25th nearly 2,000 came together to fight for good jobs and strong communities for all at the “Let’s Get to Work” march and rally. Students, union and non-union workers, unemployed residents, clergy, Church Street South families, retirees and many others marched from the New Haven green to the Yale medical school in support of a Jobs Pipeline, opportunities for youth, and an end to violence in New Haven.

Activists march for Labor Issues(Yale Daily News)

Huge rally highlights need for jobs in New Haven as ‘Pipeline’ seeks ways to connect residents to opportunities(NH Register)

2,000 rally, put Eli on Notice(NH Independent)



For more images, check out this great slideshow of photos courtesy of Dana Asbury, Nathalie Batraville, Virginia Blaisdell, and Chris Randall: http://vimeo.com/41351068





The March heading down College Street, crossing Route 34>

Photo Courtesy of Chris Randall

New Hope for New Haven

We’re in the Nation! Paul Bass’s in-depth article on the the recent shift in power at the city level and the many challenges we’re now working to overcome discusses CCNE in the context of the broader community, labor, clergy movement for economic and social justice in New Haven.



“New Hope for New Haven, Connecticut”

January 25, 2012

Paul Bass, The Nation

(Here’s a sneak preview:)

“In the past two decades the city has made advances in immigration policy, revived its downtown core, encouraged a vibrant arts community and, until the mid-aughts, developed a nationally recognized community policing program. …

Despite that progress, interest and participation in local democracy has withered in New Haven, as it has in so many cities where federally funded patronage has dried up. …

Nor have the recent advances made much of a dent in the city’s high poverty and unemployment rates, largely dependent on decisions by state and national lawmakers and corporations. The most enduring poverty-prevention effort of the past three decades has probably been the unionization of Yale’s pink-collar workers and their subsequent success in a series of strikes. That union, Local 34 of UNITE HERE (whose international represents workers in textile, manufacturing, hotel, food service and other fields), now has some 3,500 members. Combined with the roughly 1,000-member blue-collar Local 35, the Yale unions have preserved living wages and good benefits for a big chunk of the city. And they’ve developed into the largest organized political force independent of City Hall. …

Meanwhile, often below the radar, Yale’s unions and their nonelectoral policy spinoff, the Connecticut Center for a New Economy, have built an independent base and started to craft an independent agenda. Since 2004 CCNE has launched grassroots initiatives on social, economic and voting issues as well as a Civic Leadership Institute. Union members and allies have knocked on tens of thousands of doors and have pulled together survey data on the issues people care about. All that work, along with some unconventional strategy, paid off in last fall’s municipal elections.”

Occupy (New Haven’s) Wall Street March & Rally, 12/06/11










Check out these local stories on the December 6th Rally:

“Building an Inclusive Prosperity” (CCNE Report & Community Leaders Meeting)

“She’s Ready to Fight for a ‘Renaissance'”

December 13, 2011

Thomas MacMillan, New Haven Independent:

After she was burned the last time, Helen Martin-Dawson said she’s prepared to work to make sure new developments in town come with an enforceable promise of good jobs for her neighbors in the Hill..

Martin-Dawson (at right in photo) said as much Tuesday evening as she helped officially release a new report from Connecticut Center For A New Economy (CCNE), a grassroots coalition of labor, clergy, and community activists.

The report, entitled “A Renaissance For All Of Us: Building an Inclusive Prosperity for New Haven,” comes just over a week after an “grassroots agenda”-setting CCNE meeting that laid out its main points. And it comes just three weeks before a raft of new union-backed aldermen are set to take office, many of whom are affiliated with CCNE and Yale’s unions.

The document, the result of years of community data collection by CCNE, presents a problem that faces New Haven, and points the way to possible solutions. Read it here.

The problem: While parts of New Haven have experienced a “renaissance” in recent years—downtown, medical and education sectors—the benefits have not been shared equally. Several parts of New Haven—mostly African-American and Latino neighborhoods—have still not recovered from the departure of manufacturing jobs, and the new investments in the city have not helped lift them up, the report argues.

(Read the full article here)

“New Economic Report calls for ‘Renaissance’ for all of New Haven”

December 12, 2011

Abbe Smith, New Haven Register

The Connecticut Center for a New Economy on Monday released a report 10 years in the making that sets the framework for what the nonprofit calls a “renaissance for all of us.”

The theme of the report is extending the city’s “renaissance” to all sections of the city including underserved places such as Newhallville and the Hill and connecting residents with good jobs.

“We hope that as we move forward with this renaissance, that it ends up creating better quality of life for all of New Haven,” said the Rev. Scott Marks, a founding member of CCNE.

The report draws statistics from the federal Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics and takes ideas gleaned from thousands of interviews of city residents as part of CCNE’s Community Voter Project. CCNE is a labor-backed nonprofit organization that advocates for economic and social well-being for working families. The report, which highlights inequality in the city, lays out a “Grassroots Community Agenda” for achieving change in the areas of job creation, economic development, access to affordable health care, education reform, affordable housing and more. It recommends three main tools for change: community benefits agreements and community impact reports for major development projects, and a comprehensive “jobs pipeline” program to include workforce training that results in solid employment, not minimum wage jobs.

The release of the report comes just weeks before the makeup of the Board of Aldermen dramatically changes to a very labor-friendly majority. Many of the people who knocked on doors for CCNE’s Community Voter Project knocked on those same doors when they were running for aldermen in the recent election. A CCNE community meeting on Dec. 3 to talk about neighborhood issues and set priorities drew hundreds of residents and dozens of elected officials.

(Read the full article here)