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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
Catholic Charities of Omaha
March 19, 2015 to March 19, 2016

Alliance Background

Date Signed:  March 19, 2009

Renewed:  May 2, 2011; August 28, 2013; May 28, 2015

Pending Renewal:  May, 2017

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, and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the OSH Act, particularly Latinos working in Nebraska.

Implementation Team Members

Mabel Alcaron-Craven
Microbusiness Training and Development Center –   Executive Director
Bernard Hauber
Omaha Area Office – Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS)
Alberto Alvarez
Omaha Area Office – Bi-lingual Compliance Safety and Health Officer (CSHO)
Yessenia Valadez
Omaha Area Office – Bi-lingual Safety and Health Assistant (SHA)

Evaluation Period

March 19, 2015 – March 19, 2016

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. Business Specialist, Guadalupe Millan contacts the OAO representative each quarter to schedule a class presentation. There is a Catholic Charities’ sponsored training center in North Omaha (2111 Emmet St). OSHA participation has been provided to the JDC North on an “as requested” basis.

During a series of emails from April 1 through May 13, 2015, the CAS and Mabel Alarcon-Craven (Microbusiness Director) reviewed drafts of the proposed alliance renewal document.

On May 28, 2015, the CAS, SHA, and Acting Area Director (AAD) (Darwin Craig) met with Mabel Alarcon-Craven and Guadalupe Millan. Ms. Alarcon-Craven and Mr. Craig signed the renewed alliance. She explained that the program has grown but not by much. They may want additional training sessions on additional subjects.

On August 31, 2015, the new AD (Jeff Funke) and CAS met with Mabel Alarcon-Craven after the “opening ceremony” for Labor Rights Week 2015 at the Consulate of Mexico in Omaha. Mr. Funke introduced himself and indicated a desire to continue the alliance.

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 Mabel Alarcon-Craven.

Events and Products

Training and Education

Events

04/06/2015 Micro-business presentation 2111 Emmet North Omaha (EN)

04/28/2015 Micro-business presentation JDC South Omaha (SP)

06/22/2015  Micro-business presentation 2111 Emmet North Omaha (EN)

06/25/2015  Micro-business presentation JDC South Omaha (SP)

10/21/2015  Micro-business presentation 2111 Emmet North Omaha (EN)

12/09/2015  Micro-business presentation 2111 Emmet North Omaha (EN)

2/24/2016   Micro-business presentation JDC South Omaha (SP)

2/25/2016   Micro-business presentation 2111 Emmet North Omaha (EN)

  • 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 (and English if needed), 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 #1 3
Microbusiness training Session #2 3
Microbusiness training Session #3 10
Microbusiness training Session #4 10
Microbusiness training Session #5 4
Microbusiness training Session #6 8
Microbusiness training Session #7 11
Microbusiness training Session #8 6
TOTAL 55

Upcoming Milestones

The intention is to continue providing approximately (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 renewal date is May 2017.

Report Prepared by:  Bernard Hauber, Compliance Assistance Specialist 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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