Valley Light Industries facing challe...

Valley Light Industries facing challenges

There are 563 comments on the San Gabriel Valley Tribune story from Feb 14, 2009, titled Valley Light Industries facing challenges. In it, San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that:

It's tough enough getting a job these days. But imagine if you were developmentally disabled.

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crystal vision

Lancaster, NY

#422 Nov 6, 2012
buffalo wrote:
<quoted text>. Correct! I still have consumers asking. It makes me sick that they are still thinking about staff that were essentially let go and we were told not to have any contact with these staff who we know cared for these people. Performance payment and out.
Just curious who would tell you not to have contact with former employees?
Buffalo

Buffalo, NY

#423 Nov 7, 2012
crystal vision wrote:
<quoted text>Just curious who would tell you not to have contact with former employees?
residential managers as instructed by coordinators and residential director. you can't imagine what it is like to work here. it's unbelievable.
crystal vision

Lancaster, NY

#424 Nov 7, 2012
Buffalo wrote:
<quoted text> residential managers as instructed by coordinators and residential director. you can't imagine what it is like to work here. it's unbelievable.
If you go along with this what does that say about you. They can't tell you what to do on your non-working hours time. I personally have spoke with several of my former co-workers they still have there jobs.
IN THE SHADOWS

Buffalo, NY

#425 Nov 7, 2012
Buffalo wrote:
<quoted text> residential managers as instructed by coordinators and residential director. you can't imagine what it is like to work here. it's unbelievable.
That is not true M Smith has never told anyone not to have contact with former employees.Current Employees choose to adhere to their fear. Everyone at Southeast is 100% afraid of upper management . What I way to live being oppressed.
buffalo

Buffalo, NY

#426 Nov 7, 2012
IN THE SHADOWS wrote:
<quoted text> That is not true M Smith has never told anyone not to have contact with former employees.Current Employees choose to adhere to their fear. Everyone at Southeast is 100% afraid of upper management . What I way to live being oppressed.
we have been told that it is in the best interest of the consumers not to have any contact and don't talk about staff that have left. To only say that the staff have moved on. Such baloney.
crystal vision

Lancaster, NY

#427 Nov 7, 2012
buffalo wrote:
<quoted text> we have been told that it is in the best interest of the consumers not to have any contact and don't talk about staff that have left. To only say that the staff have moved on. Such baloney.
Pretty sad but be honest with yourself Do you think this is wrong? The participants are always supposed to be treated like adults. I have personally talked with some of my ex-co-workers so they must be in violation of the policy . Are they subject to consequences? My advice to you is do what you feel is right. Doing what is right is never wrong not being honest with participants is wrong.
new era

Buffalo, NY

#428 Nov 9, 2012
No one here is talking about the people we are supposed to be caring for. Maybe there is a mention of their well being but in reality this is all petty and ridiculous. Our participants are the reason we are all here. All of this heresay and name calling is ludicrous. Let it go. Focus on your jobs. If you've moved on then focus on the new things you have found in your life. The energy you're wasting here could be redirected into something positive and useful.
getting it right

Lancaster, NY

#429 Nov 9, 2012
new era wrote:
No one here is talking about the people we are supposed to be caring for. Maybe there is a mention of their well being but in reality this is all petty and ridiculous. Our participants are the reason we are all here. All of this heresay and name calling is ludicrous. Let it go. Focus on your jobs. If you've moved on then focus on the new things you have found in your life. The energy you're wasting here could be redirected into something positive and useful.
Part of caring for participants is being honest with them about all things in there lives this also will allow them to grow. Not everything is going to be good in this world but why shield them from it. We are treating them like children.
Looking Glass

Lancaster, NY

#431 Nov 14, 2012
I think caring for individuals at Southeast also means being honest for there benefit.That is all I think most people want. If your not interested in being honest thats up to you.
Sorrier

Buffalo, NY

#432 Nov 14, 2012
It is so sad what has transpired at SEW. In the field we all know they fell off the high pedestal!
Looking Glass

Lancaster, NY

#433 Nov 15, 2012
Sorrier wrote:
It is so sad what has transpired at SEW. In the field we all know they fell off the high pedestal!
I am sorry for what everyone has gone through at Southeast because of bad decisions.
Buffalo

Buffalo, NY

#434 Nov 15, 2012
Performance payment and out
Looking Glass

Lancaster, NY

#435 Nov 15, 2012
Buffalo wrote:
Performance payment and out
Your one of the smart ones. One that doesn't want to work for a group of deceptive liars. There is a much better life out there after Southeast. The place is loaded with people who live in fear.I question if some of the men at Southeast are Men I see alot PUSSIES. Are you in residential or in the building if you don't mind me asking?
Buffalo

Buffalo, NY

#436 Nov 15, 2012
Workshop
Buffalo

Buffalo, NY

#437 Nov 15, 2012
Already have another job lined up but just waiting for performance payment. Going to give my 2 weeks as soon as I get it. There has been no talk of payment yet, but doing phase III conversations. If I don't get all of it or they don't do it, no notice
Looking Glass

Lancaster, NY

#438 Nov 15, 2012
Buffalo wrote:
Already have another job lined up but just waiting for performance payment. Going to give my 2 weeks as soon as I get it. There has been no talk of payment yet, but doing phase III conversations. If I don't get all of it or they don't do it, no notice
I'm happy for you I hope your new employer treats you well as we all know what its like to work at Southeast. At least you will get the opportunity to say goodbye to your co-workers and the participants. Thats not always the case as the participants are told he or she moved on to other opportunities. Instead of being honest with them maybe saying He or She just wasn't working out so we had to let them go. That is politically correct and its HONEST. But you know they don't want to look like the bad guy. The dishonesty is what I think bothers me most. Fortunately we both don't have to deal with that anymore.
Buffalonian

United States

#439 Nov 16, 2012
I'm sure that Judy Shanley is on this thread as she obviously wants her job back. She was hated as the self-absorbed dictator of the agency, and her reputation in the WNY area was that of a loud, stupid and creepy woman, who hired her husband to as a "consultant" to review Human Rights allegations. The "transition consultant" they hired to shoo her out was laughing behind her back as she clung on to her past. The agency was sued numerous times under her direction for discrimination, including racial and sexual harrassment. Now she secured a county "appointment" just to up her retirement, but now that she is not in charge, she's miserable. DON"t hire her back! The SE Works board says they want a visionary leader, and they hired one. The truth is, they are an old school agency that will get sucked up by the truly visionary agencies once the financial changes happen. Leaving people in segregated rooms for years and years making pennies on the dollar is certainly not the life any one wants for any person, disabled or not, but SE Works is proud to hide away their "children".
on the way up

Lancaster, NY

#442 Nov 16, 2012
Buffalonian wrote:
I'm sure that Judy Shanley is on this thread as she obviously wants her job back. She was hated as the self-absorbed dictator of the agency, and her reputation in the WNY area was that of a loud, stupid and creepy woman, who hired her husband to as a "consultant" to review Human Rights allegations. The "transition consultant" they hired to shoo her out was laughing behind her back as she clung on to her past. The agency was sued numerous times under her direction for discrimination, including racial and sexual harrassment. Now she secured a county "appointment" just to up her retirement, but now that she is not in charge, she's miserable. DON"t hire her back! The SE Works board says they want a visionary leader, and they hired one. The truth is, they are an old school agency that will get sucked up by the truly visionary agencies once the financial changes happen. Leaving people in segregated rooms for years and years making pennies on the dollar is certainly not the life any one wants for any person, disabled or not, but SE Works is proud to hide away their "children".
I agree that no family member wants there sons and daughters to spend there life in a segragated workroom. But to transition people from the workroom to possibly work in the community it should be a gradual progression. Pam was totally unrealistic in the expectations of were Southeast was going. The right progression should be SEMP for a limited time getting there skills and stamina up. Then you go from there. The participants also have to want to do this that is where the problem lies. There is some dead weight in SEMP that could be removed to make room for new (WORKROOM) participants who really are interested in improving temselves. You also have to have expectations of each participant. As of this writing the participants run the show that won't fly in the community. That is why SEMP has a dismal success rate having people who maintain work in the community for an extended period of time. Maybe you need new leadership in the SEMP Dept.
MeX

Buffalo, NY

#443 Nov 17, 2012
What happened to the rest of the comments?
on the way up

Lancaster, NY

#444 Nov 17, 2012
MeX wrote:
What happened to the rest of the comments?
Good question nobody is threatening anyone. There just expressing themselves.

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