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Pipeline Places 323 Into Jobs

by Melissa Bailey | Jun 13, 2014 8:09 am

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Melissa Bailey Photo One year after he showed up at New Haven Works unemployed, Josue Rodriguez is wrapping up an internship at Yale’s IT department—and confident he’s close to landing a full-time job.

Rodriguez (pictured above with Nancy Flowers-Mangs, his mentor at Yale’s information technology web services group) emerged Thursday as the face of a new effort to connect New Haveners with jobs.

That effort, carried out by the not-for-profit New Haven Works, launched last June with a mission to place at least 250 New Haveners into jobs in its first year. On Thursday, the organization gathered workers and politicians together to announce that it had surpassed its goal: In its first year, the organization placed 323 New Haveners into temporary or permanent jobs.

Mayor Toni Harp announced that news in a festive press conference Thursday at the organization’s office on Whitney Avenue. The organization, which has seven staff, is half funded by public money from the state and city and half by private donations, most significantly Yale University, according to Mary Reynolds (pictured), the executive director.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Attorney General George Jepsen, Board of Alders President Jorge Perez and a half-dozen alders showed up Thursday to celebrate the event and tout the program’s success.

Josue Rodriguez, who moved to New Haven from Puerto Rico 20 years ago, was one of the first New Haveners to pass through the pipeline. He also spoke at New Haven Works’ inaugural event last year.

Rodriguez had been unemployed for nearly a year before his pastor passed along his resume to Reynolds. He had experience as a computer programmer—a skill that’s in high demand these days. Reynolds helped him get a temporary job at Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Science. Then her office helped him land a second temporary job at a Yale help desk.

Then Reynolds connected with Lisa Sawin, who was starting up a new web technologies group within Yale’s information technology department. Sawin devised an internship for Rodriguez to address some gaps in his knowledge, including the Drupal content management system. The internship was paid for by New Haven Works using state Department of Labor money designed to train unemployed people and get them into the workforce, according to Reynolds.

Now Rodriguez is nearing the end of his internship—and hoping to land a full-time job.

With the training he received though his internship, Rodriguez said, “I’m confident I’ll have a career at Yale.”

Nancy Flowers-Mangs, his mentor, said if Yale doesn’t hire him, she’s confident she could find him a job somewhere else.

Of the 323 New Haveners placed into jobs through New Haven works, 43 percent landed temporary gigs like Rodriguez did. The rest landed full-time positions, according to Reynolds.

Henry Gibbs counts himself in that 57 percent. He said he had just walked away from a failed interview when he saw a postcard on the ground for New Haven Works.

“I figured, why not give it a try?”

Now he has a full-time job at New England Conservation Services.

Malloy, who’s running for election, gave the program a rousing endorsement.

“This is important work,” he said. “This is worth committing to on a statewide basis.”

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posted by: webblog on June 12, 2014  6:26pm

Ok..sounds good, but the key question is how many of the 330 employed live in New Haven, and how many times are they counting Josue Rodriguez and others (mentioned above and also here on June 5, 2013:

http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/new_haven_works_and_so_does_osikhena/

Malloy needs to look more deeply and verify the count before he hands out premature praises to chief of staff, Tomas Reyes, who contributed nothing to this effort which started one year ago.

posted by: anonymous on June 12, 2014  7:24pm

Now that 57% have good jobs (assuming they stay for more than a few months), those “lucky” hundred or two people can move to the suburbs.

Meanwhile, we still have 10,000 to 20,000 unemployed and under-employed people in our city.

Not sure how Malloy’s math works out here.

posted by: Threefifths on June 12, 2014  8:53pm

Snake-Oil.They will be laid off within Two Years.These are nothing but dead-end jobs.

posted by: cttaxpayer on June 13, 2014  8:48am

Are the 7 staff included in the numbers? If we take out unpaid interns and the jobs entry level people could have found on indeed.com, we paid 7 people to find a hundred jobs? Really? Another Governor Giveaway make work project.

posted by: Esbey on June 13, 2014  10:54am

@cttaxpayer, your math is off.  57% of 323 is 184, not 100.  And half of the money comes from private sources (Yale), so the state and city paid 3.5 folks to find those 184 full time jobs.  That is a great ratio and a great deal for the city and state.  Compare that, in terms of dollars per job, to the subsidies the state routinely gives to corporations and tennis tournaments. 

Further, the temp jobs, while not as good as full time, are still worth a lot.  Why do you think rich college kids compete for unpaid internships?  Because they lead to jobs.  By paying stipends, this program gives poor folks access to the same opportunity.

This is a great, cost-effective, program that should be expanded.

@anonymous, why do you think the featured guy, Josue Rodriguez, whose church and home neighborhood are in the city, will move to the suburbs if he gets a job at Yale? 

And, by the way, so what?  We live in a regional economy and the health of the city depends on the health of the region, and vice-versa.  Plenty of folks already want to move here from the suburbs (look at the downtown building boom).  The question is how we help those in the city who can’t afford a downtown apartment. I care about those folks as people, not just as “potential residents.” 

The “New Haven Promise” college program almost surely takes bright kids from New Haven and ships them off to college and onto the great wide world beyond.  And that’s great; I didn’t stay in my town of birth.

posted by: Eddie on June 13, 2014  11:25am

This is a really great start and I’m encouraged that New Haven Works surpassed its own goals.  Thanks to Melissa Bailey for reporting the immense support that individuals have received through this program.  It is amazing to see that people get internships, which are specifically designed to help them acquire skills that large employers need.  This is precisely the type of coordination and organization that can help address unemployment in New Haven. 

It is unfortunate that so many people want to condemn this program by simply making up fabricated objections.  Anon has no clue if any of the newly employed are going to leave New Haven.  He has never presented a constructive idea for this program.  3/5s hasn’t gone through the list of these jobs, he is simply spouting off to be critical (and to have another opportunity to proclaim “snake oil”).  cttaxpayer has absolutely no clue how difficult the current job market is for people.  Perhaps he can reread the article on the lines that formed for the Little Cesar’s hiring (http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/hundreds_line_up_for_little_caesars_jobs/). 

Placing so many people in good jobs is an accomplishment.  Providing the necessary support and organization to achieve is something that this program does well!  The program still has much work left.  But this is all the more reason we should be hoping for its success and providing constructive ideas.  Shouting snake oil and hoping for failure isn’t going to get anyone employed.

posted by: Christopher Schaefer on June 13, 2014  1:36pm

An objective question: If 50% of the funding came from taxpayers, how much tax money did each part-time and each full-time job cost? And,of these, what is the breakdown of temporary vs. permanent jobs? I’m interested in knowing if this is more cost-efficient than a temp employment service or an adult-focused technical school.

posted by: Threefifths on June 13, 2014  6:05pm

posted by: Eddie on June 13, 2014 11:25am


3/5s hasn’t gone through the list of these jobs, he is simply spouting off to be critical (and to have another opportunity to proclaim “snake oil”). 

What are there chance of progressing and succeeding into a higher paid position?Wake up bring call center jobs back to employ people.Average weekly pay for call-center workers is $550, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.Like I said Snake-Oil.They will be laid off within Two Years.These are nothing but dead-end jobs..

posted by: accountability on June 14, 2014  9:33am

Great job so far. Nice to see an organization set goals and achieve them. It’s also nice to see them pulling the various threads of a failed policy apparatus together to try to improve the results. Our national job training programs really don’t work very well.

As for the predictable carping of the predictable naysayers, It’s fine to be skeptcial. Chris Schaefer asks a fair question about the ratio of public money to jobs. One that it would be worth pressing for an answer to, and comparing the results to the traditional Workforce programs in terms of cost per placement and the relative quality of the jobs.

But so much of the rest of the commentary is fueled by uninformed speculation, outright falsehood or reflexive negativity.

3/5:

1. sorry but there are no unpaid internships in the equation. Rodriguez’s internship was paid. Where did you get your “information” that there were unpaid internships in the numbers?

2. At least some of the jobs are at Yale. They all have the protections of a union contract, which has mechanisms for continued training and job advancement.

3. What “data” are you using to “prove” your assertion that they are dead-end jobs and that these people will all be laid off within two years? Do you have any facts at all?

webblog: Answer: ALL OF THEM. It’s a requirement that you be a New Haven resident. read much?

anon: How do you know they’re going to move? And if they do, why does this make New Haven Works a bad program? Nobody says it’s going to solve unemployment by itself. But it’s doing a good job placing people. That’s a good start. And to the extent that people get placed at Yale, there are strong incentives to keep them in New Haven, especially the homebuyers’ program. Why criticize NHW? Why not say “hey, good job so far for this program. But there are some things we need to do to keep people in the city, so let’s work on those too.” Not every local policy initiative is either/or. Use the word “and” now and then.

posted by: ohnonotagain on June 14, 2014  10:44am

Just once could something not be political and especially being that Molloy seems to be in trouble. I also think the figures are very fluffy.  Glad for this person and others being employable. Very nice. Now if only these politicos would start worrying about the taxpayers!

posted by: Threefifths on June 14, 2014  7:47pm

posted by: accountability on June 14, 2014 9:33am

3/5:
sorry but there are no unpaid internships in the equation. Rodriguez’s internship was paid. Where did you get your “information” that there were unpaid internships in the numbers?


Where did I say that here are no unpaid internships in the equation. Rodriguez’s I never said his name. I said Snake-Oil.They will be laid off within Two Years.These are nothing but dead-end jobs.


2. At least some of the jobs are at Yale. They all have the protections of a union contract, which has mechanisms for continued training and job advancement.

Name the jobs that they got from yale.

3. What “data” are you using to “prove” your assertion that they are dead-end jobs and that these people will all be laid off within two years? Do you have any facts at all?


I know show of them..

 

One year after he showed up at New Haven Works unemployed, Josue Rodriguez is wrapping up an internship at Yale’s IT department—and confident he’s close to landing a full-time job.

Notice confident he’s close to landing a full-time job.Also look up the data on IT jobs.They happen to be one of the major jobs of being
out Outsourcing.

So show me what jobs did they get and are the jobs full time with Benifits?..

posted by: wendy1 on June 15, 2014  3:16pm

Too little, too late.  This is Yale PR at its best.  2500 resumes, 300+ jobs not all permanent and Yale brags about its 5-year layoff plan in the Yale Daily News this spring.

This whole program should be financed by Yale Corp. and they should be hiring for all of its understaffed depts. (school and hospitals).  They are building dorms for more kids and we are heading into the babyboomer die-off.  WTF!!!!!!!

posted by: Christopher Schaefer on June 15, 2014  5:05pm

“we are heading into the babyboomer die-off”. Well I’m quite aware of my mortality, but I do hope I have at least a few more years yet.

posted by: accountability on June 15, 2014  10:38pm

3/5: apologies for attributing cttaxpayer’s fact-free baloney to you.

cttaxpayer: get some facts. The numbers don’t include unpaid internships.

3/5: You’re not ASKING if the job placements are lousy jobs that are going to be outsourced. You’re saying they are. How do you know? On what basis are you telling people to “wake up?”  Did you attend the press conference? Have you talked to a single person involved in the program?

Yale University is the biggest participant in New Haven Works, and the place at which the most full-time permanent placements have been made AND the most part-time temporary jobs .

Of the 57% of placements that are full time jobs, I don’t know the exact number that are at Yale, but it’s more than any other employer, and all of the Yale full-time placements have benefits and job secuirity. All of them. Every. Single. One. Don’t know about other employers.

Lots of places outsource IT. But why would Yale’s IT manager spend all this time and energy talking about how they are expanding New Haven-based hiring if their intent is to outsource soon? It’ll be interesting to see if Rodriguez gets a full-time job. If he does, I hope you’re honest enough to get on here and say “I was wrong.”

I have no problem with questions. I do have a problem with people making declarative statements without any facts to back them up.

posted by: wendy1 on June 16, 2014  10:34am

@  accountability:

Are your initials BA or MM???  Do you work at 433 Temple?? 

Yale spends more on PR than on this broken city.  Most of their employees are paid less than they’re worth and few make an American living wage of $30/hour.

MR at the pipeline told me last summer 200 people applied for 1 janitor job,  When YC took over St. Ralph, they unloaded 200 poorly paid New Havenites.  Also Yale Corp despises unions.  I would suspect that any percs they offer full-timers, are to distract from union organization.  At Yale, I felt a climate of job fear there especially if the word “union” was spoken.

Mr. Accountability,  in 2013 Yale Corp paid only 12 million of our 500 million (yearly) budget.  Get real!

posted by: Noteworthy on June 16, 2014  1:58pm

Work on This Notes:

1. Correction: Dannel is now Dan per his website. I can’t wait for the yard signs.

2. Nothing like a union event to bring out the political xxxxxx. Great to see it was on a Friday so the congressman, fresh from another Outrage press event could attend. If it’s a Friday or Monday, it’s Outrage Day!

3. They should have also counted the mayor and more than half the BOR. That would push union jobs over 340.

posted by: Eddie on June 16, 2014  2:23pm

Noteworthy’s contribution to employment in New Haven notes:

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