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EEOC To Sign New Memorandum Of Understanding With Mexico On Workers’ Rights On September 2

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  • Agreement Will Help Both Entities Protect Vulnerable Mexican Workers

By Godson Umejiego, Correspondent USA

On Thursday, Sept. 2 at 10 a.m., the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Government of Mexico, through its embassy in the United States, will sign a renewal of the memo­randum of understanding (MOU) which calls for ongoing cooperation between the EEOC and the Mexican government to combat employment discrimination against Mexican Americans and Mexican nationals residing in the United States. 

The participants will include EEOC Chair Charlotte A. Burrows; Esteban Moctezuma Barragan, Ambassador of Mexico to the United States; and US Secretary of Labor Martin Walsh. EEOC Chair Burrows, Ambassador Moctezuma, Labor Secretary Walsh and other officials will speak at the event.

Other participating government agencies include the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Office of the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

This signing will occur during the 13th Annual Labor Rights Week (LRW). LRW is an initiative of the Government of Mexico that occurs around Labor Day in the United States. The objective of the LRW is to increase awareness and inform the Mexican and Latino communities about their fundamental labor rights. LRW encourages all to honor the contri­butions of all workers, regardless of language barriers or immigration status.

This year’s LRW theme is “Whether there’s a pandemic or not, your rights matter,” to emphasize workers’ labor rights, regardless of their immigration status, during the COVID-19 pandemic and their importance as essential workers for the economic recovery.

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