Did you know that:
* A personal Fall Arrest System coast $150
* An OSHA fine for not using the fall protection system can cost a minimum of $7,000
* A fatal fall can cost you the loss of your family
Health and safety are as important at your work as it is in your daily life. Protect yourself and your workers!
The Heartland Workers Center provides OSHA 10 and 30 hours bilingual training at affordable prices. The next 10 hours OSHA training for construction workers will be on June 2, at the Heartland Workers Center office located at 4923 S. 24 St. Suite 3A, Omaha NE 68107 at 10am. For more information, call 402.933.6095. Remember, training is June 2 and space is limited.
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Sabía usted que;
* El costo de un sistema de protección contra caídas es de $150
* Una multa de OSHA por no haber usado este sistema le puede costar un mínimo de $7,000
* Una caída fatal le puede costar la perdida de su familia
Protéjase y proteja a sus trabajadores!
El Centro Laboral ofrece entrenamientos bilingües de 10 y 30 horas de OSHA a precios cómodos. El próximo entrenamiento será el Domingo, 2 de Junio. Para más información, llame al 402.933.6095. Recuerde, el entrenamiento es el Domingo, 2 de Junio y el cupo es limitado.
Since March of this year, the HWC has been working on the immigration campaign, Lifting Latino Voices, Sharing Our Stories, a nationwide campaign with the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC), which calls upon Congress to stop deportations, reunite families, and pass a comprehensive immigration reform that puts people on a path to citizenship. As a part of this campaign, the HWC has been collecting postcards to send to the Nebraska Congressional Delegation urging them to equip the nation with a truly adequate and humane immigration policy solution (click here to print off and sign the card). The HWC also participated in a press conference in Lincoln with 40 other Nebraska organizations to once again call upon Senators and Representatives to act. The HWC has also been working with Nebraska Appleseed to set up and meet with members of the Nebraska Congressional Delegation to discuss immigration reform, sharing the stories of Latino/a immigrants. The first of these was with Senator Johanns.
On Tuesday, April 30, representatives from local small and large companies, academia, university students, and local non-profit organizations met with Senator Johanns at his Omaha office. There, stories were shared of how immigration policy has affected them as residents of Nebraska. Two young immigrant women share their stories of how they were able to benefit from immigration legislation – one whose family became citizens through the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986 and the other who gained a work permit through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), but is still looking for more. A business owner stated that some of his employees were forced to quit after immigration officials audited his company; they did not leave the country, but instead took their talent with them to work with local competitors.
While Senator Johanns listened to the stories and concerns of his constituents, he said that arriving at a position on the bill, S.744, would be premature because the bill that was initially introduced is probably not the same bill that will end up in front of the Senate floor. This statement has already come to fruition. On May 9, the Senate Judiciary Committee began discussing the intricacies of the bill and the more than 300 amendments up for consideration. In the House of Representatives’, the so-called “Gang of Eight” (also made up of four Republicans and four Democrats) continues to work on its own immigration proposal, which is expected to be more conservative than the Senate bill.
As the House and Senate continue to debate the issues, it is our job as organizations and a community to continue to pressure our elected officials to act, and in a way that equips our nation with an adequate and humane immigration policy.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), approximately two Latino/a workers died every day in 2011 due to work-related injuries, with the majority occurring in construction, which continues to be the most dangerous industry in the United States. The deaths may have occurred because of poor training, judgment, or work environments, or due to the lack of safety equipment. Whatever the cause, the fact is most of these deaths could’ve been prevented, as can the majority of accidents that do not result in death. Yet steps to ensure proper training, safe work environments, and adequate equipment must be in place and provided to ensure injuries and deaths do not continue.
As a result of this problem, the HWC began to develop its Health and Safety Training Institute, which provides health and safety trainings and defends and promotes worker rights. Through this institute, the HWC began developing a partnership with the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Public Health (UNMC-COPH) to better understand some of the health and safety issues affecting Latino/a workers in both the construction and cleaning industries by surveying 50 workers from each of the aforementioned industries. As of today, 39 construction workers have been surveyed on workplace-related injuries and illnesses and trainings, with our goal to complete the survey in construction by the end of May. A small group of these workers are also participating in hearing assessments to measure their hearing loss and offer recommendations to avoid further loss. Once all the surveys have been analyzed, the findings and recommendations will be presented in a community forum during the Summer of 2013. The HWC will begin surveying workers in the cleaning industry in the Fall of 2013.
As a result of this survey, the HWC hopes to have a better understanding of the experiences of Latino/a construction workers in Omaha and Nebraska and offer practical recommendations for all workers and companies that employ Latino/a workers that can be implemented in the workplace.
The HWC is also creating its own OSHA training and educational material using popular education techniques, and implementing a marketing strategy to attract a variety of small- to medium-sized companies in both the construction and cleaning industries. The next 10-hour OSHA training for Construction workers will be held June 2 and June 9 at the HWC office. For more information on this training, contact us at 402.933.6095 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On November 6, over 14,000 people from South Omaha’s Ward 4 cast their vote for the 2012 Presidential Election, resulting in a 58.5% turnout rate. Yet, for the City of Omaha Municipal Elections on April 2, 2013, we returned to a low level of political interest and disconnect among this voting population and the importance of civic participation. Taking into account the upcoming General Municipal Election next Tuesday, May 14 and the two previous elections, the HWC has learned that civic engagement is a constant process of formation and education that goes beyond specific election cycles.
Secondly, the activities to get voters to the polls must be connected with organizing and the constant search for leaders. Lastly, as we learned from the last election cycle, strategies must be culturally appropriate, disseminated in a popular manner, and related to a local organization, such as a the HWC.
The 2013 Municipal Elections offers an opportunity to once again re-engage the community in politics. The HWC has made over 3,000 phone calls and is visiting voters in the South Omaha precincts to promote voter participation. It has run announcements and candidate profiles in the Spanish-language newspaper, Mundo Latino, has 30-second video running on Univision and Telemundo, and announcements running every hour on the Spanish-language radio station, La Nueva 1020AM. These strategies are just the first steps as we prepare the community for the next phase in the I Vote for My Family Initiative, which will be the 2014 Midterm Elections. For more information on this initiative or to volunteer, contact us at 402.933.6095.