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  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:

    Originally signed: January 18, 2007
    Re-Established: April 20, 2009
    Retroactive Signature Date of Renewal: January 18, 2009

    Overview

    To provide OSHA, Wage and Hour, Iowa Division of Labor and the Mexican Consulate and others with information, guidance, an access to training resources that are expected to help them protect employee's health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to falls, noise and other safety hazards and addressing working conditions, and labor rights issues.

    Implementation Team

    Bonita Winingham, OSHA
    Percella Maupins, Wage and Hour
    Mike Whitmore, Iowa OSHA
    Joe Mullen, Iowa OSHA
    Steve Slater, Iowa Division of Labor
    Edgar Rebollar, Consulado de Mexico

    Contributors

    Joe Fagan, Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI)
    Guillermo Hernandez, CCI
    Erica Palmer, CCI
    Venus Vendoures Walsh, New Iowan Centers
    Barbara Bobb, New Iowan Centers
    Carlos Rios, Iowa Immigrant Rights Network

  2. Implementation Meetings

    December 21, 2010, DMAO in conjunction with the Mexican Consulate in Omaha Nebraska reviewed actions items for the current Alliance. Discussion also included cooperative efforts with the Consulate in specific areas that would most benefit their constituents and the need for a planning meeting to prepare for the signing of an updated agreement in 2011.

  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period

    January 18, 2010 January 18, 2011

    Training and Education

    • Events

      N/A

    • Products

      N/A
    Outreach and Communication

    • Events

      April 29, 2010, DMAO staff spoke at the local Des Moines Hola Center at their Service Providers Fair. Discussion included the possibility of a safety and health/worker rights workshop for Latino workers.

      June 17, 2010, DMAO staff set up and worked an informational booth at the Des Moines Hola Center and provided information on a variety of health and safety issues including an informational brochure supplied by the State of Iowa OSHA.

      July 15, 2010, DMAO set up and worked at an informational booth at the Des Moines Hola Center and provided information on a variety of health and safety issues including an informational brochure supplied by the State of Iowa OSHA.

      August 9, 2010, DMAO set up and worked at an informational booth at the Des Moines Hola Center, Legal Clinic/Provider Fair where OSHA publications were available. Informational brochures supplied by the State of Iowa OSHA were also provided to attendees.

      August 18, 2010, the DMAO Area Director (AD) met with the Omaha Area Office Area Director and members of her staff along with members of the Mexican Consulate of Omaha to plan an event to be held during the week of August 30-September 3 with Hispanic groups. The DMAO is involved as the Consulate travels to the Des Moines Iowa area to provide labor and other services to the Hispanic community.

      September 1, 2010, The DMAO AD met with the Mexican Consulate at the Consulate in Omaha Nebraska to provide direct Q & A to members of the Hispanic community who may have business in the state of Nebraska or Iowa.

      September 3, 2010, DMAO met with the Mexican Consulate and staff at the Mexican Consulate in Omaha Nebraska to further the voice of OSHA to the Mexican labor community. Translated publications and contact information about Iowa OSHA and Federal OSHA were provided.

      October 15, 2010, DMAO in collaboration with R7 Labor Relations manned an informational booth at the annual Latino Conference in Iowa City, IA for the purpose of furthering the voice of OSHA to Hispanic youth. Presentation was "Immigrant Rights and Safety on the Job".

    • Products

      N/A
    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    • Events

      N/A


    • Products

      N/A
  4. Results

    The alliance has brought together not only the signatory groups but other groups who interact with the Hispanic population in Iowa. The group is still interested in providing a train-the-trainer session where the signatory groups will train other groups on the services they offer. The goal of this training is to educate organizations in Iowa that interact with the Latino community which will allow for better referrals to the correct group or Agency.

  5. Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)

    Number of Individuals Reached or Trained

    Outreach Activity
     (Total attendees for the events listed under Outreach and Communication Events)

    256

    Planning Meetings

    14

    Total

    270


  6. Upcoming Milestones

    Due to extended absences of some members of the group, activity was limited during this year.

    Renewed interactions with the Consulate and the development of products or services will benefit the Latino community in Iowa.

    The Des Moines Area Office plans to form a new alliance, which will include the Omaha Area Office and other applicable parties in Iowa and Nebraska. This combination is due to the fact that the Mexican Consulate of Omaha serves both Iowa and Nebraska.

    Report Prepared by: Chester Razer, Des Moines Area Office Area Director

    For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-693-2340 or go to OSHA's web page.