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November 01, 2014
Worker Rights Organization and Rutgers University Garner Three Federal OSHA Grants

New Labor, a nonprofit community organization and local leader in the national campaign for just and humane immigration reform was awarded a $164,980 grant by the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administatrion on September 8. Rutgers University and its School of Public Health are two other local recipients of funding through the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program. The amounts are $171,000, and 140,000 respectively. The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) awarded a total of $10.6 Million to 78 organizations nationwide. "The federal grants "will provide workers and employers in some of the most dangerous industries with important tools to identify and eliminate hazards," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez.

While New Labor has empowered workers to recover hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid wages owed by various size businesses, the recent grant is designed to aid small businesses improve many health and safety conditions. "The New Jersey Residential Construction Health and Safety Project will provide a total of 1,197 hours of training to 1,530 workers, contractors and subcontractors," reads the grant abstract. "Through these activities we seek to inform day laborers and construction workers about their rights and empower them to make choices to protect their health and safety and that of their co-workers. Of equal priority is ensuring that employers understand their legal obligations and the basic health and safety practices necessary to reduce injuries and occupational health hazards."

The abstract says the program's target audience is "non-English speaking/limited English proficient, non-literate and low literacy workers; young workers; immigrant and minority and other hard-to-reach workers employed in residential construction." The organization hopes to impact workers in several NJ Congressional districts (03, 04, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, and 12.)

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