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 (former member)
- Edgar Rebollar, Department of Protection
- Jorge Burrell, Department of Protection
- Enrique Alcides Lopez Reyes, Community Outreach
Nebraska Workers Compensation Court:
- Doug Fletcher, CAS
- Elizabeth Morales, CSHO (former member)
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
01/13/07 – 01/13/08
- Implementation Team Meetings
- 02/23/07 - Outreach planning
- 04/16/07 - Outreach planning
- 08/20/07 - Bi-National Health Week planning meeting
- 09/11/07 - Bi-National Health Week planning meeting
- Training and Education
Training and Education
Outreach and Communication
- 05/30/07 Alliance sponsored another train-the-trainer program for Hispanic/latino community leaders and advocacy organizations. Included presentations from alliance members and open discussion about the issues confronting Mexican Nationals and other immigrants in Nebraska.
Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health
- 10/18/07 Bi-National Health Week; sponsored by the Mexican Consulate. An Omaha Area Office
representative gave a presentation on occupational safety and health, as part of this program. The
presentation was provided in Spanish by a bi-lingual compliance officer. OAO also provided
Spanish-language literature at a booth during this event.
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.
Hispanic/Latino community leaders and advocates continue to receive monthly e-mail updates from
the Omaha Area Office. This information contains regulatory updates, fatality information,
training opportunities, etc.
- Upcoming Milestones
The Omaha Area Office has provided OSHA Spanish-language PSA's to the Mexican
Consulate and the Citizenship and Immigration Services office so that they might be played in their
respective waiting areas.
The Alliance will need to be renewed in 2008. All parties have expressed interest in continuing this
The Mexican Consulate and Omaha Area Office are in the initial stages of planning a community-based
event that will include food, entertainment, and presentations by all alliance participants for
third quarter, FY08.