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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration
U.S. Department of Labor
Omaha Area Office
And
Heartland Workers Center in Omaha
August 28, 2014 to August 28, 2015


  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed: August 28, 2014

    Pending Renewal: August, 2016

    Overview:

    Heartland Workers Center’s mission is to improve the quality of life of Latino/and immigrant workers by promoting leadership development, workers’ rights, and civic engagement through legal information sharing, training, and organizing. The Heartland Workers Center (HWC) is dedicated to help build a community that works for all across the Midwest. The organization envisions becoming a recognized and self-sustaining organization that provides leadership training to immigrants and workers. HWC’s golden rule is "Do not do for others what they can do for themselves." This rule is fundamental to the HWC’s ability to develop leaders who are capable of promoting, protecting, and defending their rights.

    This Alliance is intended, through a collaborative relationship, to foster safer and more healthful workplaces, by providing HWC staff, immigrant workers and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers (particularly Latinos working in Nebraska) and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).

    Implementation Team Members

    Sergio Sosa
    Heartland Workers Center - Executive Director
    Abbie Kretz
    Heartland Workers Center - Senior Organizer
    Bernard Hauber
    Omaha Area Office – Compliance Assistance Specialist
  2. Evaluation Period

    August 28, 2014 - August 28, 2015

  3. Implementation Team Meetings
    04/24/14
    The AD and CAS met with Abbie Kretz, Senior Organizer to discuss development of a new alliance and discuss future activity.
    08/28/14
    The AD and CAS met with Sergio Sosa, Executive Director and HWC staff to sign the new alliance (MOU) and discuss future activity.
    12/18/14
    The CAS met with Abbie Kretz, Senior Organizer and Penélope León, Trainer to discuss OSHA Update information and provide additional safety information in Spanish. This meeting was followed up with an email.
    08/24/15
    The AD and CAS met with Abbie Kretz, Senior Organizer and Penélope León, Trainer to discuss the Mexican Consulate, the HWC and OSHA collaboration relative to Labor Rights Week, which begins August 31, and to discuss on-going and future activity.
  4. Events and Products

    Training and Education

    • The Heartland Workers Center has a couple trainers who are certified to deliver OSHA 10 hour and 30 hour training in Spanish. Although this alliance does not require HWC to report the number of people trained, HWC has been kind enough to supply the information in the "Results" table below.
    • No other specifics are provided (See Outreach and Communication below).

    Outreach and Communication

    Events:

    • On December 24, 2014 via email, the CAS provided the Region 7 "Struck-By" Hazard prevention (EYES) handouts in digital form and included a related Spanish slide show for use in training.
    • On January 16, 2015 via email, the CAS provided a drop-in article developed by the OSHA national office on OSHA’s revised reporting requirements.
    • 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.
    • After a February 20, 2015 email, the CAS discussed the possibility of holding a Construction Fall Safety Stand-Down event. He made suggestion on other contacts to make. (However, no event was scheduled.)
    • On July 17, 2015 via telephone, the CAS spoke with Abbie Kretz, Senior Organizer about our alliance and about meatpacking, especially in Fremont. She promised to "Keep her ears opened" to any possible issues in Fremont or at any meatpacking facility. She also wants to set up an "OSHA Listens" meeting.

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    Events: Nothing to report

  5. Results

    Type of Activity

    Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    Region 7 "Struck-By" Hazard prevention (EYES) handouts via email 10/24/14

    unknown

    OSHA’s revised reporting requirements drop-in article via email 01/16/15

    unknown

    Sixteen OSHA 10hr in Construction courses (Aug 2014 – Aug 2015)

    211

    One OSHA 10hr in General Industry course (Aug 2014 – Aug 2015)

    4

    Totals

    215 – face to face contact

  6. Upcoming Milestones
    • Labor Rights Week; 8/31 – 09/04/2015 - On 8/31/15, an opening ceremony was held at the Mexican Consulate, and the AD and CAS attended. The AD gave a brief introduction including OSHA’s mission. Sergio Sosa, Executive Director was also in attendance and presented HWC’s activities.
    • On 9/2/15, the AD and CAS attended an outreach session at HWC’s conference room. The AD was one of several speakers. His presentation concerned workers’ rights, OSHA’s mission and our current activities.
    • Renewal of this alliance is due in August 2016. The OAO will continue to work with the HWC 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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