Back to Concluded Regional Alliances - Region V
- Alliance Background
July 18, 2006 and re-signed August 21, 2008
OSHA and BCTC formed an Alliance to provide Building and Construction Trade
Council members and others with information, guidance, and access to training
resources that will help them protect employees’ health and safety, particularly
in reducing and preventing hazards, such as but not limited to falls and
electrical, in the construction industry.
Implementation Team Members.
Scott Vaughn, Executive Director of the Building and Construction Trades of
South Central Wisconsin
Leslie Ptak, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Madison OSHA Office
- Implementation Team Meetings
Mr. Vaughn and the Madison CAS met on November 20, 2009 to discuss the alliance
and potential projects between OSHA and the South Central Wisconsin Building and
Construction Trades Council.
A Construction Workforce Diversity Meeting was attended on December 4, 2009.
- Activities and Products
January 9, 2009 through April 29, 2010.
The compliance assistance specialist and the Appleton Area Director attended and
presented on union workers’ rights at the AFL-CIO Biennial Apprenticeship
conference in Green Bay (January 26, 2009).
As a result of this alliance, the Madison OSHA office networks with two
organizations that are supported by the Building and Construction Trades
Council. These are the YWCA and START (Skilled Trades Apprenticeship Readiness
Training) programs. Both aim to get young people and non-traditional students
into apprenticeships in the building and construction trades. In the reporting
period, the OSHA CAS gave two three-hour presentations to YWCA classes (January
28, 2009 and April 20, 2010) and three three-hour classes to START classes (May
11, 2009, June 22, 2009 and October 19, 2009). Each session consisted of
information about workers’ rights and construction focus four hazards.
The Madison OSHA office construction inspection team attended the weekly meeting
of the Building and Construction Trades Council to better acquaint the union
representatives with the OSHA staffers that serve the industry (January 13,
The Madison OSHA CAS assembled a steering committee to make arrangements for a
series of construction breakfasts in Madison. The steering committee consisted
safety professionals from a variety of contractors headquartered in the Madison
area and Scott Vaughn, Executive Director of the South Central Wisconsin
Building and Construction Trades Council. The result of this initiative was four
presentations (topics selected by the steering committee) given on February 23,
March 18, April 20 and May 25 in 2010. We expect this effort to continue in
September 2010. Meetings to discuss and prepare the breakfasts were held on
December 1, 2009 and January 27, 2010.
The CAS manned an informational booth at the Building and Construction Trades
Council sponsored Careers in Construction event on March 10, 2010.
The CAS presented on union members’ OSHA rights to the Operating Engineers,
Local 139 in Madison on January 19, 2010.
The CAS presented on union members’ OSHA rights at the United Way building in
Onalaska, WI on April 8, 2010.
The CAS presented on union members’ OSHA rights at Madison College to electrical
apprentices in Madison, WI on April 22, 2010.
The CAS presented on union members’ OSHA rights at the Wood County Central Labor
Council meeting in Wisconsin Rapids, WI on April 23, 2010.
- No products have been produced as a result of this alliance.
|Type of Activity (Conference,
Training, Print and
Electronic Distribution, etc.)
||Number of Individuals
AFL-CIO Biennial Apprenticeship conference
YWCA and START
Careers in Construction event
Union workers’ rights sessions
Report Prepared by: Leslie Ptak, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Madison OSHA
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