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This newsletter highlights events and programs offered through the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

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Missouri Workers' Memorial Day Recap

Safe Jobs, Save Lives

Every year, the Missouri Department of Labor pays tribute to the men and women who lost their lives on the job by coming together in our state’s capital with families, friends, colleagues, and legislators.

This year’s Workers’ Memorial Day Ceremony was held at noon on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in the Capitol Rotunda. Nationwide, these workers are remembered April 28, Workers' Memorial Day.

The Department plans to commission a memorial to remember Missouri’s fallen workforce and the importance of workplace safety. However, until enough funds are made available in the Workers’ Memorial Fund to build a physical memorial, a video featuring messages from family members is made to create a virtual memorial to honor the Missouri men and women who went to work and never returned. The 2014 video memorial will be available to the families online. You can see photos from the ceremony here.

"He was a loving, gentle man that cared for and loved everyone he knew," said one Missouri wife about her husband. “He is greatly missed by his wife and many other family and friends.”

The Workers’ Memorial Fund was established to create a permanent memorial for all workers who suffered a job-related death or injuries that resulted in a permanent disability while on the job in Missouri. The memorial will be located on the grounds of the state capitol. Contributions and requests for information may be made at any time to: Workers’ Memorial Fund, ATTN: Office of Administration, 301 West High Street, Room 570, Jefferson City, MO 65101, or by visiting State of Missouri Workers' Memorial Trust Fund.

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Visit Missouri Show Caves

Mine & Cave Safety Program

Looking for something fun to do with the kids this summer? With high temperatures and humidity expected this summer, it could be difficult to enjoy outdoor activities. So why not take the kids ‘inside’ the outdoors at one of Missouri’s show caves?

According to Les Thomas, program manager for the Missouri Mine and Cave Safety Program, a show cave is a cavern or cave that has been discovered, explored, and mapped to be opened for public use and enjoyment.

Missouri show caves provide a variety of activities for the whole family. Visitors can learn all about Missouri mineral erosion, which creates features like stalactites and stalagmites (stalactites hang from the cave ceiling like icicles, while stalagmites grow up from the cave floor). They can also experience the cool cave climate and wildlife firsthand.

Unsure about the safety of Missouri show caves? Missouri law requires the inspection of any cave in the state that is open to the public. These caves are inspected at least once a year by the Missouri Division of Labor Standards. The inspections help protect visitors from slips, trips, falls, and harmful air contaminants while exploring the caves.

Show cave owners must file a complete map of the cave and provide safety equipment, such as guardrails, bridges, and walkways, before the cave is opened to the public. Many of Missouri‘s show caves are accessible to those with disabilities or special needs.

For locations of all Missouri show caves, check out the Missouri Department of Tourism’s cave list and map.

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MCHR Diversity Spotlight - Older Americans Month/Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Older Americans Month

Each May, we observe Older Americans Month to show our appreciation for the countless contributions and sacrifices older adults have made and to shine light on the essential role they play in sharing their experiences, understanding, and knowledge with younger generations in a variety of meaningful ways. The theme for this year's Older Americans Month is Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow. The Administration for Community Living (ACL), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, chose to focus on safety in 2014 because at least six million medically-treated injuries occur each year to this population. The ACL encourages older adults to protect themselves and remain active and independent for as long as possible.

As the average lifespan increases, so does the amount of years the average person works. Many employers recognize the benefits of hiring older workers and are utilizing the skills they bring to the table. As the state agency charged with enforcing Missouri’s anti-discrimination laws, the Missouri Commission on Human Rights actively investigates complaints of age discrimination (ages 40-69) in the workplace and conducts training and outreach efforts to educate Missouri employees and employers on their rights and responsibilities under the Missouri Human Rights Act.

To learn more about the history of Older Americans Month, or to obtain materials and gather ideas to help your organization celebrate this observance, visit the ACL's website.

Elections for Missouri's Silver-Haired Legislature (SHL) take place in May across the state. The SHL is a formally-elected body of citizens aged 60 and older that promotes conscientious legislative advocacy for Missouri's older adults. All members are volunteers who serve without pay. To find out more about the SHL or for additional resources on the contributions of older adults in Missouri, visit one of our regional agencies on aging:

Useful information for older Missourians and their families may be found by visiting the following:

  • The Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services provides information on independent living, employment, elder abuse, and much more.
  • The Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging provides older residents with details on home-delivered meals, fall prevention and wellness programs, rent and utility assistance, support groups, and more.
  • Eldercare Locator connects those in need with services for older adults and their families. You can search by location or topic, including financial and legal assistance, housing options, health insurance, and volunteerism. You can also utilize this service by calling 800-677-1116.
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration on Aging has numerous articles and other resources for older adults and their families.

May is also Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and the theme for 2014 is I Am Beyond: Evoking the American Spirit. The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center chose this year to shine the light on how Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander descent have sought to excel beyond the challenges limiting equal opportunity in the United States. Specifically recognized individuals include Larry Itliong and Philip Vera Cruz, civil rights activists who helped found the nation’s pioneering agricultural union, the United Farm Workers, and Patsy Mink, the first woman of color and first Asian American woman elected to Congress, as well as Chinese-American Grace Lee Boggs, a major figure in the civil rights movement who continues to work on empowering communities in Detroit, Michigan, at nearly 100 years old.

To celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in Missouri:

Kansas City

  • Join the Heart of America Japan-America Society, whose mission is to further understanding between the peoples of Japan and the Greater Kansas City area by promoting social, cultural, and educational exchanges. Help the organization keep the Loose Park Japanese Tea Room and Garden beautiful by coming together with members on Saturdays at 10 a.m. through October, weather permitting, at the south end of the Garden Center building at Loose Park, 5200 Pennsylvania Avenue, Kansas City.
  • Visit The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak Street, to view its renowned ChineseJapanese, and South and Southeast Asian art collections. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday each week, and admission is free. For more information, 816-751-1ART (1278).

St. Louis

Springfield

Statewide

To learn more about the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States:

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