FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
JUNE 5, 2006
(615) 741-2257
 


TENNESSEE DEPT. OF LABOR WINS NATIONAL AWARD
CHILD LABOR VIDEO HONORED BY NATIONAL ASSOC. OF GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATORS

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) has won second place for public affairs program from the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC). The award was announced in May, in Baltimore, Maryland, at the NAGC Communications School. The program titled Let’s Go to Work focused on Child Labor investigations and took viewers on a CSI-style ride into the case files of the Department’s Labor Standards division.

Communications Director Milissa Reierson and Special Projects Coordinator Jeff Hentschel wrote and produced the program. Director of Labor Standards, Mary Ellen Grace, also named on the award, was instrumental with the research associated with the program. In 2004, the TDLWD Communications team won two first-place awards from the NAGC for public affairs program and press kit; those awards were announced last year.

In May, during Safe Jobs for Youth Month, the department teamed with the Department of Education to distribute the child labor video in high schools across the state. TDLWD’s Employer Service Specialists are presenting a 10-minute version of the child labor video during the Workforce Employer Outreach Meetings throughout the summer months.

“I am extremely proud of our communications team and our labor standards division for winning this award,” said Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley. Child Labor Laws are crucial to protecting Tennessee teens. We expect to reach more than 2,000 employers and thousands of teenagers in high schools across the state with this campaign and help eliminate injuries and deaths of Tennessee teens in the workplace.”

To request a presentation from the division of Labor Standards or the free 30-minute or 10-minute award winning video on child labor laws please call (615) 532-1347 or e-mail Milissa.Reierson@state.tn.us.

*Photos of Milissa Reierson, Jeff Hentschel, and MaryEllen Grace are available upon request.


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