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Welcome toVOLUNTEER ORIENTATIONTuesday, May 03, 2016 | Workers Defense Project

What Will I Learn Today ?

1. WDP OVERVIEWWDP History, Why Construction?Local Victories, Texas Victories

2. PROGRAM AREASAET, ELS, RAP, Voter Engagement

3. VOLUNTEER IMPACTWe Need You! Ongoing Opportunities by Program, One Time Opportunities

4. NEXT STEPSRequired Forms, Screening/Matching,Meet Your Supervisor, First Day Checklist, First Month Check-In

1. WDP OVERVIEWWDP HistoryWhy Construction?Local VictoriesTexas Victories

WDP History (2002-Present)

2006Formally became an independent organization

2010Acquired 5604 Manor Road

2012Opened our Dallas office2002Started out of Casa Marianella to address wage theft

Why Construction?

The majority of WDP members labor in the construction industry (80%). Other industries represented in our membership include:

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DangerousWorking ConditionsMore construction workers die in Texas than any other state.

Texas is the most deadly place to work in the country, with 138 workers killed on the job in 2009.

Source: Build a Better Texas Report: A report from Workers Defense Project in collaboration with the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin

DangerousWorking Conditions1 in 5 reported suffering a workplace injury that required medical attention.

Source: Build a Better Texas Report: A report from Workers Defense Project in collaboration with the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin

DangerousWorking Conditions60% reported having never received safety training

Source: Build a Better Texas Report: A report from Workers Defense Project in collaboration with the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin

Unjust WagesMore than half of surveyed construction workers receive poverty level wages

52% of construction workers (in Texas) live below the poverty line and 1 in 5 are not paid for their work.

Source: Build a Better Texas Report: A report from Workers Defense Project in collaboration with the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin

50% NO OVERTIME71% NO BENEFITS78% LACK HEALTH INSURANCE22% DENIED PAYMENT

Though many unions in the state have become more supportive of immigrant workers, the building and construction trades unions (as a whole) do not represent immigrant workers even though they comprise the majority of the workforce. According to the most recent census data, at least 70% of the workforce is foreign born.

Source: Build a Better Texas Report: A report from Workers Defense Project in collaboration with the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin

OSHA History (1970-Present)

1978OSHA creates New Directions Grant Program

1997New Directions renamed to Susan Harwood Training Grant Program

2012Worker Centers like WDP, IWJ, NDLON, etc. receive Harwood grants1970Congress passes the OSH Act and creates OSHA

1970: The Occupational Safety and Health Act is the primary federal law which governs occupational safety and health in the private sector and federal government of the United States. It was enacted by Congress in 1970, and signed by President Richard Nixon on December 29, 1970. Its main goal is to ensure that employers provide employees with an environment free from recognized hazards. OSHA was created to enforce the law.

1978: OSHA established its discretionary grant program in 1978 entitled New Directions. Grantees were awarded for up to five years, with grantees increasing its share of support with the goal to become self-sufficient. Many of the grantee organizations continue to offer occupational safety and health training to this day. In 1990 the grants were restructured, due to reductions in funding.

1997: In 1997, the program was renamed in honor of the late Susan Harwood, a former director of the Office of Risk Assessment in OSHA's Health Standards Directorate. During her tenure with the agency, Harwood helped develop OSHA standards. OSHA standards are rules that describe the methods that employers must use to protect their employees from hazards. These standards limit the amount of hazardous chemicals workers can be exposed to, require the use of certain safe practices and equipment, and require employers to monitor hazards and keep records of workplace injuries and illnesses.

2012: The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program awards grants to nonprofit organizations on a competitive basis. Awards are issued annually based on Congressional appropriation. Target audiences include underserved, low-literacy, and workers in high-hazard industries.

Austin now requires all employees on city sites to receive the OSHA 10 hour safety training

Austin now requires paid rest breaks for the citys 50,000 construction workers

Austin now requires prevailing wage, workers compensation, and safety training on all projects that receive incentive funds from the city.

Local Victories

Texas VictoriesTexas employers may no longer avoid criminal theft of services charges by making a minimal payment to their employees.

Texas employers may no longer avoid fines when caught misclassifying employees on state contracts - protecting not only construction workers - but all workers employed by state contractors.

The Texas construction industry is now subject to a 60% increase in safety inspections, saving countless lives across the state.

A new statewide wage theft law makes it easier for police departments across Texas to arrest employers who dont pay their workers; WDP has helped to recover $1,143,000 in back wages since 2008.A new misclassification law enforces a fine of $200 per worker if the employer is operating under a government contract.A federal investigation into the Texas construction industry resulted in nearly 1,500 citations (totaling almost $2 million), following 900 site inspections, prompting increased site monitoring by OSHA.

How to Determine if a Worker is an Employee or an Independent ContractorIf a workers service fits the TUCA definition of employment as outlined in Section 201.041, the individual is considered an employee. The law defines employment as a service performed by an individual for wages under an express or implied contract for hire, unless it is shown to the satisfaction of the Commission that the individuals performance of the service has been and will continue to be free from control or direction under the contract. The three essential elements of the definition of employment are service, wages, and direction and control. Direction and control can be present in an employment relationship even if the employer does not exercise direction and control, but retains the right to do so.

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Questions & Comments

2. PROGRAM AREASAdult Education & TrainingEmployment & Legal ServicesResearch & PolicyVoter Engagement

Adult Education & Training

Membership DevelopmentESL CoursesComputer ClassesOSHA-10 and OSHA-30 Safety TrainingLeadership Institute

Employment & Legal Services

Workers Rights Education for workersWorkers Rights Education for employersWage RecoveryInjury AssistanceDiscrimination Case Assistance

Helping workers increase their potential to self-advocate and find better employment opportunities by educating them about basic rights, safety, discrimination, and the Family Medical Leave ActCreating a better workplace by providing training to small employers about their rights as employers and responsibilities to employeesRecovering back wages for workers who have been denied payment for their workAssisting injured workersto receive medical attention and compensation

Research & Policy

Policy and Strategic Industry ResearchGrassroots Organizing and Leader DevelopmentCommunity and Media Outreach on Labor issuesCollaboration w / others committed to Fair Labor standards

Addresses serious workplace issues at a systemic level by organizing for better policies to protect workers at the local and state level.Engages low-income workers in civic participation, to better advocate for themselves and their community; toward the development of a grassroots labor movement.

Voter EngagementThe Workers Defense Action Fund 501(c)4 seeks to build a long- lasting infrastructure that will engage working Texans in the electoral and legislative campaigns that affect their lives.WDAF engages historically underrepresented voters through:Education in Voter ID law and Voter Registration processEducation in finding and contacting their representativesBlock Walking and Phone Banking

Questions & Comments

3. VOLUNTEER IMPACTWe Need You! Ongoing Opportunities by Program One Time Opportunities

To date, WDP has achieved the following, through direct service, grassroots organizing and advocacy - done by people just like you!200Graduated over 200 immigrant workers from Leadership Institute

6Signed 6 landmark agreements with Austin developers1,143,000Recovered $1,143,000 in back wages through legal and direct action60,000Won paid rest breaks for Austins 60,000 construction workers.

In 2013 alone, WDP engaged 175 volunteers in more than 11,000 hours of work!WDPs Leadership Institute focuses on helpi