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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration
U.S. Department of Labor
Omaha Area Office
And
The Microbusiness Training and Development Center
Juan Diego Center
Catholic Charities of Omaha
March 19, 2012 to March 19, 2013


Alliance Background

Date Signed:

March 19, 2009

Renewed:

May 2, 2011

Pending Renewal:

April, 2013

Overview: Catholic Charities serves and advocates for Omaha’s voiceless, lost, hungry, addicted, abused and forgotten people through their many programs. The Microbusiness Training and Development Center offers a wide range of services, tailored to help Latino entrepreneurs and small business owners. The Program provides them with the knowledge, expertise, and tools to write business plans, get loans, utilize technology, improve operations, develop budgets, build relationships and ultimately live their dream. Classes are offered in Spanish and English.

This Alliance is intended, through a collaborative relationship, to foster safer and more healthful workplaces, by providing Microbusiness Training and Development Center faculty, students, and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of immigrant employees, particularly Latinos working in Nebraska.

Implementation Team Members

Mabel Alcaron-Craven
Microbusiness Training and Development Center – Executive Director
Georgina Nunez
Microbusiness Training and Development Center- Instructor
Ricardo Peacock
Omaha Area Office – Bi-lingual Compliance Safety and Health Officer (CSHO)

Evaluation Period

March 19, 2012 – March 19, 2013

Implementation Team Meetings

Training is conducted on a quarterly basis at the JDC South Omaha location, as a new class of students enters and works through the Microbusiness Program. Program Instructor, Georgina Nunez contacts the OAO representative each quarter to schedule a class presentation. Tomas Edjang is the instructor at a new JDC training center in North Omaha. This program is still in its infancy so participation has not yet reached a level at which quarterly classes can be supported. OSHA participation has been provided to the JDC North on an “as requested” basis.

Events and Products

Training and Education

  • Events

    3/27/12 Micro-business presentation JDC South Omaha (SP)

    4/24/12 Micro-business presentation JDC North Omaha (EN)

    5/22/12 Micro-business presentation JDC South Omaha (SP)

    10/4/12 Micro-business presentation JDC South Omaha (SP)

    11/8/12 Micro-business presentation JDC North Omaha (EN)

    11/20/12 Micro-business presentation JDC South Omaha (SP)

  • Class presentations consist of an overview of OSHA and the OSH Act, the rights and responsibilities of a small business owner, and the rights of employees including the complaint process. In addition to being entrepreneurs, the students are often employees of local companies. A great deal of time is spent on the rights of employees, including a discussion of how to file complaints. Training is provided in Spanish, by our bi-lingual compliance officer.

Results

Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
Microbusiness training Session #115
Microbusiness training Session #215
Microbusiness training Session #320
Microbusiness training Session #420
Microbusiness training Session #515
Microbusiness training Session #620
TOTAL~ 105

Upcoming Milestones

The intention is to continue providing (4) sessions per year to the students of the Microbusiness Program South, to provide training as needed to the students of the Microbusiness Program North, and to develop and present training on emerging issues or special interest topics on an as-needed basis.

The Alliance is pending renewal, and a draft agreement has been received by the Omaha Area Office and sent to the Regional Solicitor for review and approval.

Report Prepared by: Ricardo Peacock, Compliance Safety and Health Officer with the 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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