Please go to the link above to watch the pre-recorded video of the 1315 (Senator Andrew Lang) Latino Communities United in Service (CLUES) career education and job skills training grants appropriation. The testimony of John Pacheco and Ruby Lee from CLUES in front of the “Committee on Jobs and Economic Growth Finance and Policy”. This was a hearing for John and Ruby from CLUES to ask the Committee on Jobs and Economic Growth Finance and Policy tax payer’s money (to be exact $1.5 million dollars) in part for a 4-week construction training program that CLUES calls “bridge to your future”. I encourage anyone from the Hispanic construction community to ask John and Ruby if either of them have ever worked for: The MN Department of Labor & Industry, MN-OSHA, MN-DOT, or the largest construction company in MN. “Zapatero a sus Zapatos”. Or ask them what they know about construction in general.
During the summer of 2016 the HCA-MN produced and led a bi-weekly live radio segment call “Hispanics in construction” with the collaboration of “Radio Rey 630 AM” the segment was on every other Saturday. During the segment “Hispanics in the construction” in which we educated, and informed “Radio Rey’s” Hispanic audience about topics such as: MN-OSHA, construction, safety, safety training, the fatal accident during the construction of the new American football stadium in Minneapolis, Hispanic construction workers safety rights, Hispanic construction employers or contractors safety responsibilities. Some of the segments were sponsored by our corporate sponsors such as: AllWeather Roof and McGough Construction.
The Hispanic Contractors Association of Minnesota participated in the 2016 Mexican Consulate, “Labor Week/Semana laboral” in which the HCA-MN conducted a presentation on Friday August 26th at 9:00am. The presentation took place at the Mexican Consulate, located at 797 East 7th Street, Saint Paul, MN. 55106 The presentation was about the HCA-MN mission, services, and the safety of Hispanics in the construction industry in Minnesota. The HCA-MN also facilitated in interpreting during the presentation of Mr. Bob Durkee from MN-OSHA Consultations Division, due to the fact that MN-OSHA Consultations Division does not have a Hispanic employee that speaks Spanish.
On November 17th 2015 McGough Construction one of our Corporate Sponsors was awared the MNSHARP award, “Minnesota Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program” at the McGough Construction UofM Ambulatory Care Center Project.
Larry Warkel McGough, Rick Johnson UofM, Pedro López McGough, John Pfeifer McGough, Jeff Dzurik McGough, Mike Seliga Minnesota OSHA, Andy Smoka Minnesota OSHA, Tim McGough McGough, Rick Stainberger McGough, Jessica Keeley McGough.
Mike Seliga Minnesota OSHA, Rick Stainberger McGough, John Pfeifer McGough, Jeff Dzurik McGough, Larry Warkel McGough, Jessica Keeley McGough, Pedro López McGough, Tim McGough McGough, Andy Smoka Minnesota OSHA, Ken Peterson Commissioner of the MN Department of Labor & Industry.
As a member of the HCA-MN Lico’s Drywall LLC. Employees successfully completed the “1910.134 Appendix D “Voluntary Respiratory Protection Program” training in Spanish that was given by the Hispanic Contractors Association of Minnesota in collaboration with McGough Companies. Lico’s Drywall LLC. is a minority owned company, a union company and a DBE, SBE, Section 3 Mpls/St Paul, and CERT certified company.
The Hispanic Contractors Association of Minnesota is giving a (leapfrog English learning “Sed de Saber” construction edition) program to all new HCA-MN contractor members for free. The program will help Hispanic workers with Limited English Proficiency to learn English related to the construction industry.
Sed de Saber™-Construction Edition is an English-as-a- Second-Language (ESL) tool targeted to Spanish-speakers in the construction industry in an effort to promote a more skilled, safer workforce, improve quality and reduce accidents, injuries and fatalities. The system uses an interactive LeapFrog Quantum Pad™ with seven books and corresponding mini cassettes that teach 500 words and 340 phrases through visual and auditory methodologies, combined with recall and repetition. Developed by a group of industry professionals, Sed de Saber™-Construction Edition meets standards of adult assessment systems approved and validated by the Department of Education and the Department of Labor. Sed de Saber™-Construction Edition was developed in response to serious concerns related to job site safety in the industry, including: Construction is the second largest employer of Spanish-speakers in the U.S. OSHA estimates 25 percent of accidents are attributable to the language barrier. Injured workers are sidelined an average of 33 days per year.
The Hispanic Contractors Association of Minnesota and with the support of Minnesota Senator Patricia Torres-Ray as well as the support of the founder and former president of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Minnesota Val Vargas, were able to convinced Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry Commissioner Ken Peterson of the need for translating MN-OSHA Compliance and Consultations Division’s documents from English to Spanish to better serve the ever growing Hispanic construction community in Minnesota and some of those documents can be found here.
The Hispanic Contractors Association of Minnesota Founder and President Pedro López has been appointed by the MN Department of Labor & Industry Commissioner Ken Peterson to the Occupational Safety and Health Advisory Council. This is a two year appointment that will start on Feb 7 of 2014. Mr. Lopez will proudly represent the Hispanic Contractors Association of Minnesota as well as the Hispanic construction community in Minnesota.