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September 2009

Message from the Editor

The communications staff is pleased to announce that our online newsletter now will be distributed monthly, instead of quarterly.



New Grant to Augment Efforts to Assist Jobless Missourians

Jobless MissouriansThrough collaborative efforts of the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations and the Missouri Department of Economic Development, thousands of unemployed workers across the state will receive targeted reemployment services to help them prepare for new careers due to a $592,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL).



Missouri’s Unemployment Modernization Effort Rejected

Labor Department Director Issues Statement on USDOL’s Decision

No MoneyIn August, the Missouri Labor Department received notice from the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) that unemployment modernization legislation passed this year will not qualify the state to receive $133 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act incentive payments for Missouri’s unemployment system. 



KC Labor Day Parade Recognizes Workers’ Contributions

Labor Day ParadeTo many Missourians, Labor Day 2009 meant more than honoring the unofficial end to summer. This year also created a sense of pride for some workers, a sense of gratitude for others, and a sense of hope for those seeking reemployment.



Department's Research and Analysis Staff

Outperforms Other States

Research & AnalysisThe Department's Research and Analysis (R&A) staff deserve high praise for their hard work and dedication to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Report.



Labor Department Recognizes Two Missouri Companies for Exceptional Workplace Safety Practices

Manufacturers Bestowed with Prestigious SHARP Award

SHARP LogoThe Labor Department’s On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Program is pleased to announce that National Home Products of Springfield, Inc., and Thermal Engineering International (USA), Inc., have earned the distinction of being named the newest members of Missouri’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) for their excellent workplace safety records.



Director Rebman Visits the St. Louis Carpenter’s Training Center

St. Louis Carpenter's Training CenterOn September 10, 2009, Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Director Larry Rebman visited the St. Louis Carpenter’s Training Center located at 8300 Valcour in

St. Louis, to meet Missourians participating in the Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Program (CJAP).



Labor Department Investigation Leads to $207K in Restitution

45 Individuals Charged with Fraudulently Receiving Unemployment Insurance Benefits

InvestigationAn ongoing investigation by the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations has resulted in guilty pleas from 45 individuals for fraudulent receipt of Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits from the state. The individuals were charged with stealing by deceit and have been ordered to pay more than $207,000 in restitution.



Missouri Prevailing Wage Rates Set for State Highways and Transportation Construction Projects

General Wage Order No. 53 Now in Effect

Highway ConstructionThe Missouri Labor Department’s Division of Labor Standards announced that General Wage Order No. 53 is now in effect establishing the new prevailing wage rates for use on all Missouri State Highways and Transportation construction projects.



Former Gov. Warren Hearnes’ Impact on Prohibiting Discrimination in Missouri

Governor Warren HearnesOn Oct. 13, 1965, then-Missouri Gov. Warren E. Hearnes signed Missouri’s first civil rights act, a public accommodations bill sponsored in the House by a young state representative named Mel Carnahan. The Public Accommodations Act (later incorporated into the Missouri Human Rights Act, Chapter 314 RSMo) prevented discrimination in places of public accommodations because of race, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry.



Missouri Commission on Human Rights Educates Thousands on the Wrongs of Discrimination

Staff Attended the St. Louis International Festival

St. Louis International FestivalThe Missouri Commission on Human Rights’ (MCHR) St. Louis Office staffed an information table at the St. Louis Festival of Nations. The event was sponsored by the International Institute on August 29-30.