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ANNUAL
MEXICAN-AMERICAN COMMISSION
Of NEBRASKA
ALLIANCE REPORT
November 4, 2002 – June 30, 2004

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    November 4, 2002

    Overview

    The Mexican – American Commission of Nebraska is a non-profit, advocacy organization. The Executive Director is appointed by the Governor of Nebraska and is headquartered in the State Capital Building. The Alliance addresses the provision of safety and health information to Hispanic/Latino employers and employees throughout the State of Nebraska. The Alliance's goals include:

    Outreach and communication:
     
    • Seek opportunities to jointly develop and disseminate information at conferences, events, or through print and electronic media, including links from OSHA's and the Mexican-American Commission of Nebraska's websites.
       
    • Seek opportunities to speak, exhibit, or appear at conferences, local meetings. Or other events.
       
    • Promote and encourage Mexican – American Commission members' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, OSHA Consultation, and SHARP. In addition, act as mentors to Mexican – American Commission members that aspire to excellence in safety and health.
    Implementation Team Members
Cecilia Huerta Mexican – American Commission Executive Director
Jose Santos Mexican – American Commission
Nebraska Department of Labor
Commissioner;
Labor Law Specialist
Doug Fletcher Omaha Area Office (OSHA) CAS
Evaluation Period

November 4, 2002 through June 30, 2004
  1. Implementation Team Meetings

    January 8, 2003 - Kick-off implementation team meeting (in-person)
    January 31, 2003 - Meat Partners meeting
    March 28, 2003 Meat Partners meeting
    May 30, 2003 - Meat Partners meeting
    June 27, 2003 - Quarterly meeting (in-person)
    September, 2003 - Meat Partners meeting
    November 21, 2003 - Meat Partners meeting
    January 30, 2004 - Meat Partners meeting
    March 26, 2004 - Meat Partners meeting

    ** Mr. Santos serves as the Mexican-American Commission liaison to the Nebraska Meat Processing Partnership and attends outreach meetings as such. He gives and update of current Hispanic/Latino issues to the group and discusses legislative issues relevant to the industry and the Hispanic/Latino workforce. Mr. Santos and Doug Fletcher discuss upcoming Alliance opportunities at these meetings as well.

    Events and Products

    Outreach and Communication
     
    • Events
      • February 1, 2003: CAS gave a presentation to the entire Mexican – American Commission covering OSHA and the Alliance. The Commission is composed of ten prominent Hispanic business persons from all regions of Nebraska.

      • Nebraska Meat Processing Partnership: Jose Santos, MAC Commissioner, serves as liaison to the Partnership. He regularly attends the bi-monthly outreach meetings to gather information for the Commission and to provide legislative updates, pertinent to the Hispanic/Latino community in Nebraska, to the attendees.
    • Products
      • The Mexican-American Commission newsletter is published quarterly and is distributed to over 6,500 members of the Hispanic/Latino community throughout the state. The newsletter is published with both English and Spanish versions of each article. One of the CY2003 issues, Vol.29, Issue 4, was dedicated entirely to Occupational Safety and Health as it pertains to the Hispanic/Latino community.

      • The Mexican-American Commission also manages an extensive e-mail list serve dedicated to providing information to individuals, associations, legislators, and other advocacy groups with an interest in issues affecting the Hispanic/Latino community in Nebraska. OSHA regularly provides information to the MAC, such as upcoming training, regulatory changes, and updated compliance assistance resources, for distribution via this service.

      • The Mexican-American Commission website, www.mex-amer.state.ne.us, has established a link to the OSHA website.

  2. Results

    The Alliance has succeeded in raising awareness within the Hispanic/Latino community in Nebraska about OSHA and occupational safety and health issues. As a result of this alliance, OSHA has presented information to Hispanic business leaders through the Juan Diego Center of the Catholic Charities and has sent representatives to various meetings and seminars addressing local Hispanic/Latino issues. This provides OSHA a voice within the community as well as access to current issues and concerns of the community.

  3. Upcoming Milestones
     
    • Renewal of the Alliance

    • Continued outreach on safety and health issues affecting the Hispanic/Latino workforce in Nebraska.