Worker rights

Know Your Rights workshop set

Tuesday, Jan. 21 in Rock Springs

Casper advocates plan MLK Day activities Monday

On Tuesday, January 21, the WyCOSH, a project of the ESPC, and our allies will host a Know Your Rights Workshop in Rock Springs at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion Parish Hall (corner of Second and B Streets).
Mark Aronowitz SAFER attorney

Mark Aronowitz
SAFER attorney

We’ll have information in both Spanish and English. The worker rights workshop starts at 6:30 p.m. and ends about 8:30 p.m. It will cover:
  • How labor standards protect workers
  • How and when to report an injury to Workers’ Comp
  • Information on OSHA and workplace safety
  • Employer fraud and whistleblower protection
  • Unemployment Insurance
Mark Aronowitz of the Spence Association for Employee Rights, and representatives of Department of Workforce Services agencies including Dan Bulkley, OSHA; Brian Jacobsen, Workers Compensation; James Reed, Unemployment Insurance; and Cherie Doak, Standards and Compliance, will discuss these topics and more. Speakers will be available to answer questions afterwards. Adrian Maldonado of TRIBE and Western Energy Workers Local 1978 will provide interpretation for Spanish speakers. Organizations sponsoring the workshop include the Wyoming State AFL-CIO, the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association, the Spence Association for Employee Rights (SAFER), and the Wyoming Association of Churches. If you know working people in the Rock Springs and Green River area who might be interested in this workshop, please invite them to attend.

Casper celebrates Martin Luther King Day

January 20, 2014 will mark the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. This milestone is a perfect opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: “What are you doing for others?” Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. Equality advocates in Casper plan a day of education to help people learn to rise from poverty and simply to use money more wisely as they celebrate Martin Luther King’s birthday on the federal holiday. According to Nurieh Glasgow of ServeWyoming, Casper’s Martin Luther King, Jr./Wyoming Equality Day Celebration is an important day to remember Dr. King’s work and legacy, and acting on his teachings and principles of nonviolence and human rights. “Our mission at ServeWyoming is improving lives and strengthening Wyoming communities through volunteerism. We are engaged in this event because it also serves as a reminder that the holiday is a day on (not off) for community service initiatives and programs promoting cooperation and this year, elimination of poverty,” says Glasgow. The Casper Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), ServeWyoming, and the First United Methodist Church, have all worked together to celebrate the Martin Luther King Day of Service, according to Glasgow. Casper’s celebration kicks off at 11 a.m. with the annual march starting at City Park, 7th and Center streets. The Natrona County High School ROTC Color Guard will lead the marchers to the First United Methodist Church (FUMC), 302 East 2nd St. Those not wishing to walk may ride in a C.A.T.C. bus in the march or go directly to the church. Dr. Tanis Lovercheck-Saunders, a History professor at Casper College, will give the keynote speech at First United Methodist Church at 11:30 am. She will discuss how the women of the civil rights movement helped move it forward. Event emcee is James Simmons, president of the Casper Branch of the NAACP. Some organizations in attendance will include Wyoming Food For Thought, The American Legion Post 2/Military Assistance Program, Wyoming Veterans Commission, Circles Wyoming, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, Wyoming Independent Living Rehabilitation, and Casper Housing Authority, according to a statement from NAACP member Janet de Vries. Casper College will present information on how to afford college. Wyoming Senior Citizens Inc. will help people learn about navigating health care and Wyoming Housing Network will discuss their financial training services. ServeWyoming and AmeriCorps are also sponsoring a food drive. Please bring food donations to benefit both the Holy Cross Food Bank and Wyoming Food For Thought. Specific food needed includes: Tuna, Peanut Butter, Granola Bars, Cereal, Canned soup or ready-to-eat meals, jerky, dried fruit, and fruit cups. The celebration has been made possible with support from, the Casper NAACP, Sam’s Club, For more information, contact Nurieh Glasgow, ServeWyoming, 234-3428 or Janet de Vries, Casper NAACP, 268-2446. Thanks to the NAACP for information about MLK Day plans in Casper. This post was edited Friday Jan. 17, 2014 at 2:23 p.m.

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