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  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:

    1/13/2006 original signed
    1/13/2008 expiration date of original
    10/23/2008 renewal signed

    Overview

    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:

    • 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.
    Outreach and communication:

    • 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 Spanish.
    Promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:

    • 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.
    Implementation Team Members

    Mexican Consulate of Omaha

    • Edgar Rebollar Saenz, Department of Protection
    OSHA:

    • Doug Fletcher, Omaha Area Office (OAO), Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS)
    Nebraska Workers Compensation Court

    • Su Perk Davis, Public Information Manager
    Nebraska Workforce Development, Safety and Labor Law

    • William Hetzler, Executive Director
    USDOL Wage & Hour

    • Richard Tesarek, District Director
    Evaluation Period

    01/13/10 01/13/11

  2. Implementation Meetings

    • 02/19/2010 - Alliance team meeting
    • 03/15/2010 - Meeting with Consul & Executive Director of Omaha's Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
    • 08/18/2010 - Planning meeting for Labor Rights Week; including Area Directors from the Omaha and Des Moines Area Offices
  3. Activities/Events and Products

    Training and Education

    Events

    • Nothing to report.
    Outreach and Communication

    Events

    • The CAS was invited by the Consul to attend and speak to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce meeting on 03/26/2010. The presentation included an update on local OSHA activities, including outreach efforts into the Hispanic community, and the obstacles to this outreach.
    • At the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce meeting, the Consul introduced the OAO CAS to the General Manager of Radio Lobo, KBBX 97.7 FM, a local Spanish-language radio station. The station reaches an estimated audience of over 50,000 Latinos working in eastern NE and western IA. OSHA Spanish-language PSA's were subsequently provided to Radio Lobo, and are regularly included in their broadcasts.
    • The Consulate counsels the Omaha Area Office on a number of issues related to outreach and enforcement in the Latino communities throughout Nebraska. The Consulate has a representative on the Nebraska Meatpacking Industry Stakeholders group. This group is comprised of government and advocate representatives and addresses issues affecting Latino workers in this industry.
    • A Mobile Consulate activity, which is essentially a visit by the Consul and staff to an outlying community, was held in Grand Island, NE, on May 22, 2010. Materials from all of the participant agencies were provided to the Consulate to be provided to attendees of this program.
    • Labor Rights Week; 8/30 9/6/2010 the OAO and Consulate representatives coordinated a series of presentations from various government agencies for customers of the Consulate. On the Monday through Friday of this week, morning presentations and materials were provided by agencies, including the Omaha Area Office, the Des Moines Area Office, the Nebraska Department of Labor, the Attorney General's Office, and the USDOL - Wage & Hour Division.
    • The Omaha Area Office held an "OSHA Listens" program for Latino workers in Omaha on 8/29/10. Sponsored by the Heartland Workers Center and the Consulate, workers and worker advocates from the construction, food processing, food service, and cleaning industries attended the program and provided comments to the Omaha Area Director regarding workplace safety issues.
    • On 9/1/2010, the Consul, Deputy Consul, and two representatives from the Omaha Area Office participated in a live broadcast on Radio Lobo. An hour-long program discussing workers rights, filing OSHA complaints, Consular services, and OSHA resources, including call-in question and answers, was provided in Spanish. As mentioned before, the General Manager of Radio Lobo estimates their audience to be in the range of 50,000 Latinos.
    • The Omaha Area Office and other participant agencies provided materials for distribution, to the Consulate, for the 9/15/10 Mexican Independence Day celebration.
    • The Mexican Consulate has provided valuable translation assistance to the Omaha Area Office as part of this alliance. Two documents of special note:
      • "When a Worker Dies on the Job"; a tri-fold brochure addressing family grief issues that is provided by the Omaha Area Office to families of workplace fatality victims.
      • Residential Construction Hazard Notification; a document being distributed throughout the Latino construction community, addressing the upcoming changes to residential construction regulations.
    Finally, the Mexican Consulate continues to serve the Omaha Area Office by providing assistance with the location and delivery of correspondence addressed to Mexican workers and family members living in Mexico.

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    Events: Nothing to report

  4. Results

    The alliance has brought together not only the signatory groups but other groups who interact with the Hispanic population in Iowa. The group is still interested in providing a train-the-trainer session where the signatory groups will train other groups on the services they offer. The goal of this training is to educate organizations in Iowa that interact with the Latino community which will allow for better referrals to the correct group or Agency.

  5.             Type of Activity

    Number of Individuals Reached or Trained

    Hispanic Chamber of Commerce presentation

    03/26/10

    70 attendees

    US – Mexico National Labor Rights Week

    08/30 – 9/6/10

     

    Five days of presentations and materials were provided to customers of the Consulate.  Estimated average attendance was 100 for an estimated weekly total of 500.

     

    Radio Lobo – Spanish language radio station broadcasting to eastern NE and western IA.

    CAS Fletcher and bi-lingual CSHO Ricardo Peacock joined Consul Ernesto Espejel and Deputy Consul Edgar Rebollar on a one-hour broadcast addressing employee rights and OSHA complaint processes, including a Q&A opportunity for the listeners.

     

     

     

     

     

    ~ 50,000 Hispanics living in the Omaha metropolitan area.  This does not include western IA, or surrounding communities.

    OSHA Listens

    OAO Area Director and CAS; Deputy Consul of the Mexican Consulate; Heartland Workers Center director.

    50 attendees; including workers and worker advocates.

     

    Totals

     

    ~ 50, 620


  6. Upcoming Milestones

    The Omaha Area Office plans to form a new alliance, which will include the Des Moines Area Office and other applicable parties in Iowa. This combination is due to the fact that the Mexican Consulate of Omaha serves both Nebraska and Iowa. The newly formed alliance will continue seeking ways to reach out to the Latino workers in Nebraska and Iowa. The Omaha Area Office is currently trying to schedule another Radio Lobo broadcast, to focus on the upcoming residential construction changes.

    Report Prepared by: Doug Fletcher, Omaha Area Office Compliance Assistance Specialist.

    For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-693-2340 or go to OSHA's web page.