The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs of the United Mexican States have signed a letter of
agreement designed to strengthen their collaborative efforts to
provide Mexican workers, their employers, and Mexican business
owners in the United States with information, guidance, and access
to education regarding their rights and responsibilities under the
National Labor Relations Act.
The NLRB is the independent government agency responsible for
enforcing the National Labor Relations Act, the primary law
governing relations between employers and employees in the
private sector. The Act guarantees workers the right to join
together, with or without a union, to improve their wages and
working conditions, or to refrain from such activities. Employers
and employees alike are protected from unfair labor practices.
Under the framework announced today, the NLRB and the Mexican
Embassy in Washington, D.C., as well as NLRB Regional Offices and
Mexican Consulates nationwide, will cooperate to provide
outreach, education, and training, and to develop best practices.
The Agreement is an outgrowth of initial negotiations between the
NLRB’s Chicago office and the Mexican Consulate in Chicago. The
framework has been used by other federal labor agencies,
including the Department of Labor and the Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission, which have similar agreements with the
Mexican Embassy and its consulates.
Acting NLRB General Counsel Lafe Solomon indicated the
agreement will “promote a broader awareness within the Mexican
community of the rights and responsibilities of employees and
employers, along with the services that the NLRB provides.”
“We recognize the need to improve employer and worker
awareness of the rights and obligations under the Act that are
applicable to all Mexican workers in the United States of America,”
Solomon said. “This agreement will give us a greater opportunity to
fulfill the goals of the National Labor Relations Act, to guarantee the
right of workers - including employees just entering the work force
- to engage or refrain from engaging in protected-concerted or
organizing activity to improve their working conditions without fear
of discrimination, harassment or retaliation,” he added.
“With coordination from the consulates, we expect to meet with
Mexican workers around the country to help forge innovative
solutions to issues specific to their needs,” Acting General Counsel
Solomon said. He noted the letter of agreement will also increase
the NLRB’s ability to provide employers, including Mexican
business owners in the United States, with resources directly
available to them, including access to education and training
resources regarding rights and responsibilities under the Act.
|NLRB and Mexico Sign Agreement*
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