January 27, 2021
Memo: Important Message from A-Team Missouri/Dignity Has a Voice!!!
To: All Valley Industries Employees, Families, and Staff
As we are finding our way through the COVID-19 Pandemic at the start of this new year, we are given another opportunity to reflect on what we appreciate about our jobs and the people with whom we work. Valley Industries is very thankful for our incredible employees and fulfilling our mission providing dignified meaningful employment for adults with developmental disabilities. We have been challenged to create new processes for working here, working at home, training at home or just sheltering in place, and we are very proud of everyone’s efforts. Of course, we could not be successful without our many customers, donors, and other supporters. We take pride in a job well done and satisfying the needs of all of them.
Please see the attached letter from A-Team Missouri/Dignity Has a Voice about a current legislative issue that will impact workshops all over the country including Valley Industries. We want to make sure you are Aware, Advised, and are able to Take Action per A-Team’s recommendation.
What: A-Team Missouri/Dignity Has a Voice needs your help. They’re preparing to take action Monday, Feb. 1 and ask you to help reach contact your federal representatives AND share this information with employees, parents and others so they can help, too.
Why: The Biden Administration’s stimulus proposal (American Rescue Plan) is calling for the elimination of Section 14c. This is an immediate threat to workshops everywhere. Additionally, the TIME Act and the Transformation Bill will also be introduced this session. Both call for phasing out 14c and sheltered workshops.
How: The attached flyer provides all of the information you need to contact your U.S. Senator and Congressional Representative. We want as many workshop supporters as possible to call and/or email Monday so we create a wave of support they can’t ignore!
We encourage everyone to use your voice.
May 29, 2020
Re: Valley Industries Board Action at the May 28, 2020 Board Meeting
Dear Valley Industries Employees,
This letter is to update you on the status of Valley Industries. As stated in our April 30, 2020 letter, we have started individually calling employees back to work at Valley Industries in waves. Our first wave or employees started working on May 18, 2020. Please do not return to work until Teri Wilson has individually called you to work with you on your specific return date. We are having to return employees in waves to be able to train and manage the social distancing requirements of the St Louis County health order. All employees are required to be able to manage 6-foot social distancing throughout the workday, as well as wear a mask all day and undergo a morning health assessment on our parking lot before they enter our building. We will go over more of these specific requirements with you when we call you. In the meanwhile, we would like our families and home staff to practice six-foot social distancing with our employees at home to help ensure that they are trained and will be successful at social distancing when they are called back to work at Valley. No one will be allowed to work that is unable to maintain social distancing or follow any of our other required new rules, so we will have no choice but to send you back home.
While you are waiting to be called back to work, Valley Industries Staff has created and implemented a weekly At Home Training Program that you can participate in and earn pay while you are at home. If you have not already done so, please register to participate in the online at home training vocational program by sending an email to Training143@ValleyInd.net. Gmail is a good source to get a free email address from as well.
Staff have also created an At Home Work Opportunity for those of you who would like to sign up and stop by on the front parking lot one time per week to pick up metal parts to clean at home and deliver back one time per week on the same trip. If you would like to start doing some work at home cleaning some of our metal parts, please call our office at 314-731-1771 and speak with Teri Wilson.
The main goals of the At Home Training and At Home Work Opportunities are:
- keep your employment skills up (safety, production, team building skills/VI Golden rules, etc.)
- help you earn pay for completing either at home vocational training or at home work opportunities.
- keep you informed about Valley Industries and engaged with what is going on!
- help make you better prepared for when you can return to work at Valley.
More information is available at https://valleyind.net/about-us/employee-info/
If you would like to start doing some work at home cleaning some of our metal parts, please call our office at 314-731-1771 and speak with Teri Wilson. Anyone working at home needs to be very accountable for returning all parts and for tracking your hours worked. We are also looking for great quality in your work that you send back to Valley. With our quality standard, you will be responsible for reworking your parts if your quality is not up to standard before you will be paid for your work.
As of June 1, 2020, we will no longer offer COVID Pay to our employees at home who are not participating in our daily trainings or who are not doing any work at home. The only way you will receive pay in June going forward is to earn it through either training, work at home, or work at Valley.
We look forward to seeing you when we call you with your return date. This will be a challenging process so be patient. Stay safe.
Jim Guyre, Executive Director, on Behalf of the Board of Directors of Valley Industries
May 29, 2020
Memo: New Late Arrival and Early Departure Policy
To: Valley Industries Employees, Families and Staff
Employees will not be allowed to come and go at various times during the day. Our Wellness Check Policy does not allow for late arrivals after 9:00 AM Employees arriving after 9:00 AM will not be allowed to enter the building and will have to return home Early departures will only be allowed at 12:00 PM, and we must have prior notification to allow staff to prepare. So, please plan your appointments accordingly.