Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis seeks migrant worker partnerships with Latin American countries
Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis recently met with Ambassadors from Central American and Caribbean countries to begin conversations about partnerships to keep workers safe and protect their rights under federal labor laws. She was joined by Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan, who described that country’s partnership with the Department.
Over the past few years, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, along with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, have worked with the Mexican government to provide information on U.S. labor laws concerning wages, fair pay, as well as safety and health issues for Mexican migrant workers. These ongoing programs sponsored seminars and workshops in cities across the country and broadcasted public service announcements through Spanish-language media as well as Mexican consulates. In the last five years, the EMPLEO (Employment Education Outreach) program has recovered more than $7 million in wages for migrant workers.
Solis concluded, “As Secretary of Labor, one of my priorities is to see how we can better extend our hand in partnership with other countries to protect the rights and safety of migrant workers.”
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