to Region V
I. Alliance Background
March 6, 2003
The purpose of the alliance was to promote safe and healthful working conditions. The alliance was
formed as part of OSHA’s broader emphasis on outreach to immigrant workers in general and Hispanic
workers in particular. Historically, and just prior to the alliance the Madison Area Office
experienced several workplace fatalities and serious injuries among the Hispanic workforce in
Madison’s area of jurisdiction. Of the groups that the area office approached the Interfaith
Coalition showed the most interest and promise of working with a government agency.
Implementation Team Members.
Kimberly Stille Area Director, Mark Fontaine Team Leader, Ann McNeary United Way, Cheryl Statz
II. Implementation Team Meetings
May 1, 2004 Interfaith Coalition Office Madison WI - A meeting was held to discuss the direction of
Throughout the year until he left the Madison Area Office, Adam Gerson, a compliance officer with
the Madison OSHA office, regularly attended Interfaith monthly meetings more as an observer, but
also to have input into worker safety issues which may arise during the course of the meeting.
III. Activities and Products
This report covers the period from March 2004 until March 2005
- Training and Education – OSHA and the Interfaith Coalition assisted the Madison Area Safety
Council in providing outreach to employers in the Madison Area at a breakfast meeting. The Madison
Office had a Spanish Language instructor come the OSHA office on a weekly basis to teach Spanish to
employees. Spanish I and Spanish II were taught to 5 OSHA compliance officers.
- Outreach and Communication – The alliance is mentioned in all of the Madison Area Office speeches
to give it maximum exposure to the public.
- Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health – This alliance was publicly commented on in
a national office publication that was discussing faith-based alliances within OSHA. The Madison
OSHA office wrote a letter of support when the Interfaith Coalition attempted to get a grant that
partially involved safety related themes.
- Training and Education – To date there have been no significant "products" other than the outreach
and training efforts noted above which include PowerPoints, handouts etc.
- Outreach and Communication – There have been no significant "products" other than what has been
- Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health – There has been no significant “product” in
this area other than what is noted above.
The alliance has not produced as many products as the partners would have liked. It has been
difficult to see progress when looking at the recent history, but the Interfaith Coalition is under
new leadership (The old director had little if any safety or health experience and did not see the
value of the alliance.) The new director is a former labor leader and recent discussions with him
indicate that he may be more willing to take a more proactive approach to work with OSHA.
V. Upcoming Milestones
|Type of Activity (Conference,
Training, Print and
Electronic Distribution, etc.)
|Number of Individuals
|National Alliance Newsletter
|Various Conference Training
Future plans include:
Report Prepared by: Mark Fontaine
- Continued promotion of the alliance through speeches.
- Public Service Announcements on the Local Hispanic Language Radio Station.
- Continued meetings with the Interfaith Coalition to better address the safety and health needs
of the local Hispanic Community
- Providing Spanish Language publications and other media to the Interfaith Coalition which
promotes safety and health in the workplace and employee workplace safety and health rights.
- Explore outreach to other ethnic groups that the Interfaith Coalition works with such as Hmong,
Vietnamese and others