The Mexican consular network in the United States held the Sixth Labor Rights Week (LRW) from August 25 through September 1, which is Labor Day in the United States. This initiative, coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), is one of the largest events in the area of preventive protection for migrant workers.
The theme of the 2014 edition of LRW was “We all have workplace rights”. During the week, the 50 Mexican consulates in the United States assisted more than 40 thousand people at around 800 informational events organized in coordination with federal agencies of the Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), state labor agencies, labor unions and non-governmental organizations. Consular representations from other countries also participated.
To improve assistance for Mexican workers in the United States, the Embassy of Mexico signed a memorandum of understanding with the EEOC. Additionally, consulates signed 20 collaboration agreements with participating organizations and agencies: 14 with federal agencies, one with a state agency and five with non-governmental organizations.
During LRW, for the first time, delegations from the SRE, together with the Secretary of Labor and Social Welfare (STPS) and organizations from civil society, held activities in Sinaloa, Veracruz, Guanajuato, Michoacán and Zacatecas, where they provided information on rights individuals soliciting H2 temporary visas have during the recruitment process, and their rights in the United States.
Thanks to this outreach effort, 826 cases in need of protection have been identified and are being offered consular assistance.
LRW seeks to improve worker awareness, especially among Mexicans, of their rights in the workplace. In this edition, we particularly sought to inform those workers who have entered the labor market after obtaining a work permit after acquiring a U or T visa through the DACA program, and those temporary workers with H2 visas.
The Government of Mexico renews its commitment to keep Mexican workers informed and offer consular assistance in cases where it is required.