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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration
U.S. Department of Labor
Omaha Area Office
And
Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest
February 10, 2015 to February 10, 2016


Alliance Background

Date Signed: February 10, 2015

Pending Renewal: February 2017

Overview: Nebraska Appleseed is a nonprofit organization that fights for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. They take a systemic approach to complex issues – such as child welfare, immigration policy, affordable healthcare and poverty – and take their work wherever they believe they can do the most good, whether that’s at the courthouse, in the statehouse or in the community. Nebraska Appleseed believes that every Nebraskan deserves a shot at the American Dream, and their job is to help clear the way. To work with the community to tear down those obstacles – discrimination, oppression and reckless indifference – that keep the poorest of us poor and further weaken those among us who are the most vulnerable.

This Alliance is intended, through a collaborative relationship, to foster safer and more healthful workplaces, by providing Nebraska Appleseed staff; immigrant workers; meatpacking, poultry, and manufacturing workers; and other English-language-learner and hard-to-reach populations with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).

Implementation Team Members

Darcy Tromanhauser
Nebraska Appleseed - Program Director
Immigrants & Communities Program
Omaid Zabih
Nebraska Appleseed – Staff Attorney
Immigrants & Communities Program
Bernard Hauber
Omaha Area Office – Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS)

Evaluation Period

February 10, 2015 - February 10, 2016

Implementation Team Meetings

•  01/16/15
The Area Director (AD), Bonita Winingham, and CAS met with Darcy Tromanhauser to discuss development of a new alliance and discuss future activity.
•  02/10/15
The AD and CAS met with Darcy Tromanhauser and Gloria Sarmiento, Community Organizer, to sign the alliance and discuss future activity.
•  04/01/15
The AD, Assistant Area Director (AAD) and CAS met with Darcy Tromanhauser and Gloria Sarmiento, Omaid Zabih, and Ted Genoways (Author of the book entitled “The Chain”). Mr. Genoways gave an explanation of the book and provided the years and location data that he used to draw the conclusions in his book. This meeting was followed up with an email.
•  09/18/15
The new AD, Jeff Funke met with Darcy Tromanhauser, Gloria Sarmiento, and Omaid Zabih (via telephone) to introduce himself and to discuss on-going and future activity.

Events and Products

Training and Education

  • The Nebraska Appleseed through Gloria Sarmiento, Community Organizer, holds several community meetings in worker’s homes in churches and other locations due to a large amount of fear in the worker / immigrant communities. During these meetings throughout the state of Nebraska, worker rights under OSHA are discussed. The Omaha Area Office has provided comments on some of the handout material that is available through Nebraska Appleseed.
  • The Nebraska Appleseed is a Harwood Grantee.
  • No other specifics are provided (See Outreach and Communication below).

Outreach and Communication

Events:

  • On February 18, 2015 via email, the CAS provided an announcement/news release developed by the OSHA national office on OSHA’s 2015 Construction Fall Safety Stand-Down.
  • On March 25, 2015 via email, the CAS provided some Region 7 Fatal Facts information for March as well as a Process Safety Beacon
  • During a series of emails from April 4 through April 28, 2015, the CAS provided comments on some of the handout material, specifically "How to File an OSHA Complaint", that is available through Nebraska Appleseed and provided information from BLS and census.gov concerning how many workers are employed in meatpacking in Nebraska and how many worksites in that industry are found in Nebraska. This data is part of an on-going discussion with Nebraska Appleseed regarding potential OMAO LEPs that would include the meatpacking industry.
  • On June 2, 2015 via email, the AD provided Darcy Tromanhauser the contact information for United Support & Memorial For Workplace Fatalities (www.usmwf.org), specifically Tonya Ford. Ms. Ford is the chief organizer for the annual Workers Memorial Day events in Lincoln, Nebraska.
  • During a series of emails from July 29 through August 13, 2015, the AAD exchanged information with Nebraska Appleseed regarding current workers and any potential safety and health issues at a meatpacking plant in Nebraska that had been mentioned by Ted Genoways in his book entitled “The Chain”.
  • After the development of a potential Nebraska LEP, the CAS also developed an outreach letter in which OSHA is ready and willing to work with state and local safety and health organizations and other stakeholders affiliated with the Meat Products Industry. In addition, the Omaha Area Office is ready and willing to conduct outreach or participate in “OSHA Listens” type forums. On December 18, 2015, the Omaha Area Office began sending this letter to stakeholders in Nebraska, including Nebraska Appleseed.

Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

Events: Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest was an FY 2015 Susan Harwood Targeted Topic Grant Recipient: “The grantee will provide 1- to 2-hour safety training to workers in the meatpacking and food processing industries. Target audience includes hard-to-reach workers, limited English proficiency workers, low literacy workers, high-hazard workers, and other vulnerable workers. Training topics will include chemical and ergonomic hazards. Plan to use existing training materials in addition to development of a small amount of new materials. Training will be offered in Spanish.”

  1. Results
  2. Type of Activity Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    Announcement/news release on OSHA’s 2015 Construction Fall Safety Stand-Down via email 02/18/15 unknown
    Region 7 Fatal Facts and March Process Safety Beacon 03/25/15 unknown
    Totals Unknown
  3. Upcoming Milestones
    • Prior to October 2016, it is anticipated that an OMAO LEP focusing on meat processing will be approved. In conjunction with that LEP, OMAO will send out another outreach letter to stakeholders, including Nebraska Appleseed, stating that the Omaha Area Office is ready and willing to conduct outreach or participate in “OSHA Listens” type forums.
    • Renewal of this alliance is due in February 2017. The OAO will continue to work with the Nebraska Appleseed to find ways to reach and educate Latino workers in Nebraska.

    Report Prepared by: Bernard Hauber, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Omaha Area Office

    For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-693-2340 or go to www.osha.gov.

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