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Region 5 News Release: 08-607-CHI
May 7, 2008
Contact: Scott Allen or Brad Mitchell
Phone: 312-353-6976

U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA forms alliance with IUOE Local 150's Apprenticeship and Skill Improvement Program
Partnership to provide safety and health education to apprentices and journeymen

CHICAGO -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), Local 150 Apprenticeship and Skill Improvement Program have formed an alliance to develop training and education programs that will foster safer and healthier workplaces.

"This agreement provides an opportunity for OSHA and IUOE Local 150 to come together and demonstrate that we can all benefit when labor, educators and government dedicate themselves to providing the knowledge needed for a safe and healthy work environment," said Gary Anderson, OSHA's area director in Calumet City, Ill.

The IUOE Local 150 Apprenticeship and Skill Improvement Program is located in Wilmington, Ill., and has a training program with more than 600 apprentices. IUOE Local 150 frequently assists OSHA by hosting tower crane training to the OSHA regional area offices in the Midwest.

OSHA safety and health alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the safety and health of employees through cooperative partnerships with trade associations, labor organizations, employers and government agencies. OSHA currently has more than 480 alliances throughout the nation with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace.