Back to Concluded Regional Alliances - Region VII
- Alliance Background
The parties intend, through this Arrangement, to establish a collaborative relationship to provide information, guidance and access to training resources in an effort to help Mexican citizens working in Nebraska to protect their working conditions and labor rights, including their health and safety. The agreement also focuses on a number of goals including:
Training and education:
Outreach and communication:
- Develop and deliver training and education programs for Mexican Nationals regarding workers rights
to proper minimum wage and overtime compensation, fall hazards, hazards related to construction,
meat processing and migrant farming, and to communicate such information to employers and employees
in these industries.
- Deliver or arrange for the delivery of training concerning fall protection, personal protective
equipment, ergonomics, minimum wage overtime, and hazard recognition courses.
Promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- Develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to communicate
such information (e.g., print and electronic media, including electronic tools and links to OSHA's
web site from the Consulate's web site) to employers and employees in the construction, meat
processing and migrant farm industries, in English and Spanish.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at conferences, local meetings, or other mutually agreed upon events, such
as the Mobile Consulate meetings scheduled by the Consulate of Mexico in Omaha.
- Share information on personnel issues and industry safety and health.
- Communicate best practices and/or effective approaches.
- Publicize results.
- Make available developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any
other applicable forum).
- Work with other participants on specific issues and projects in order to best provide safety and
health, workers compensation, minimum wage, and overtime compensation information in English and
Implementation Team Members
- Raise awareness of and demonstrate commitment to workplace safety and health and workers' rights
whenever leaders from the Parties address groups.
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on issues
affecting Mexican Nationals to help forge innovative solutions to issues concerning workplace safety
and health and proper wage compensation.
Mexican Consulate of Omaha
- Jose Luis Cuevas, Consul of Mexico
- Ioana Navarrete Pellicer, Vice Consul (former member)
- Carlos Augusto Bahena A., Department of Protection (former member)
- Jorge Burrell, Department of Protection
- Enrique Alcides Lopez Reyes, Community Outreach
Nebraska Workers Compensation Court:
- Doug Fletcher, CAS
- Elizabeth Morales, CSHO
Nebraska Workforce Development, Safety and Labor Law:
- Su Perk Davis, Public Information Manager
USDOL – Wage & Hour:
- William Hetzler, Executive Director
- Jose Santos, Labor Law Specialist
- Richard Tesarek, District Director
01/13/06 – 01/13/07
- Implementation Team Meetings
- 02/08/06 - Introductory meeting; outreach planning
- 02/22/06 - Meeting at Mexican Consulate
- 06/29/06 - Pre-program planning meeting
- 09/19/06 - Bi-National Health Week planning meeting
- 10/23/06 - Post-program review; Health week review; planning
- Training and Education
Training and Education
Outreach and Communication
- 08/06/06 Alliance sponsored train-the-trainer program for Hispanic/latino community leaders and
advocacy organizations. Included presentations from all alliance members and open discussion about
the issues confronting Mexican Nationals and other immigrants in Nebraska.
- 10/11/06 & 10/12/06 Bi-National Health Week; sponsored by the Mexican Consulate. OSHA
representatives gave two presentations on occupational safety and health, as part of this program.
The first presentation was provided in Spanish by a bi-lingual compliance officer. The second
offering was translated from English to Spanish.
The OAO provided literature and other materials to the Mexican Consulate for display at their
Omaha offices, as well as for the Mobile Consulate activities, held in Lexington, NE. and Fremont,
A number of Hispanic/Latino community leaders and advocates receive monthly e-mail updates from
the Omaha Area Office (~ 16 recipients). This information contains regulatory updates, fatality
information, training opportunities, etc.
Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health
- One-page handouts, providing coverage and contact information for each represented Agency, were
developed and distributed at the Community Leader outreach program.
- During OSHA Update presentations at two large, state-wide conferences, OSHA representatives
discussed the existence of and objectives for the Alliance: National Safety Council – Greater
Omaha Chapter's "Safety Summit" (May 06) and the Nebraska Safety Council Conference & Exposition
|Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print
and Electronic Distribution, etc.)
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|Alliance Outreach Program
Bi-National Health Week presentations (2)
|Print Distribution (mobile consulates)
- Upcoming Milestones
A second Community Leader outreach program is scheduled for May, 2007.
OSHA will again discuss the Alliance at the NE and Omaha Safety Conferences.
An OSHA representative serves on the Bi-National Health Week planning committee. The next events are
scheduled for October, 2007.