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The United States Department of Labor's Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Omaha Area Office, the United States
Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Omaha Area Office, the
Nebraska Workers' Compensation Court (NWCC), Nebraska Workforce Development (NWD),
and the Consulate of Mexico in Omaha, Nebraska (the Consulate), hereinafter
referred to collectively as "the Parties",
Recognizing the joint commitment to workplace safety and health protections
acknowledged in the Letter of Agreement between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
of the United Mexican States and OSHA concerning Workplace Safety and Health
Protections Applicable to Mexican Workers in the United States, signed at
Washington, D.C., the 21st of July of 2004; and
Recognizing that OSHA's Alliance Program provides for the establishment of
cooperative relationships for purposes such as training and education, outreach
and communication and promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and
Intend to establish this Alliance to achieve the following:
The Parties intend, through this Arrangement, to
establish a collaborative relationship to provide information, guidance, and
access to training resources in an effort to help Mexican citizens working in
Nebraska to protect their working conditions and labor rights, including their
health and safety.
AREAS OF COOPERATION
To achieve the objective of this Arrangement, the Parties
intend to work together in the following areas of mutual interest:
- training and education;
- outreach and communication;
- promotion of a national dialogue, and
- any other area agreed to by the Parties.
SPECIFIC COOPERATION PROJECTS
- Training and Education
The Parties intend to work together to achieve the following training and
- to develop training and education programs for Mexican Nationals regarding
workers rights to proper minimum wage and overtime compensation, fall hazards,
hazards related to construction, meat processing and migrant farming, and to
communicate such information to employers and employees in these industries.
- to deliver or arrange for the delivery of training concerning fall
protection, personal protective equipment, ergonomics, minimum wage, overtime,
and hazard recognition courses.
- Outreach and Communication
The Parties intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and
- to develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace
hazards, and to communicate such information (e.g., print and electronic
media, including electronic tools and links to OSHA's Web site from the
Consulate's Web site) to employers and employees in the construction, meat
processing and migrant farm industries, in English and Spanish.
- to speak, exhibit, or appear at conferences, local meetings, or other
mutually agreed upon events, such as the Mobile Consulate meetings scheduled
by the Consulate.
- to share information on personnel issues and industry safety and health.
- to communicate best practices and/or effective approaches.
- to publicize results.
- to make available developed materials, training programs, workshops,
seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
- to work with other participants on specific issues and projects in order to
best provide safety and health, workers compensation, minimum wage, and
overtime compensation information in English and Spanish.
- Promotion of a National Dialogue
The Parties intend to work together to achieve the following goal related to
promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health and proper wage
- to convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder
meetings on issues affecting Mexican Nationals to help forge innovative
solutions to issues concerning workplace safety and health and proper wage
In order to fulfill the objective of this Arrangement,
the Consulate intends to attempt to act as a formal communication channel
between Mexican citizens who work in Nebraska and the United States authorities,
to report allegations of wage and hour violations, unsafe working conditions and
WORKING PROCEDURES AND MEETINGS
An implementation team made up of representatives of the
Parties intends to meet to develop a plan of action, determine working
procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In
addition, the Parties intend to meet at least four times per year to track and
share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the
This Arrangement is to remain in effect for two years
from the date of signing. Either signatory may terminate it for any reason at
any time, provided they give 30 days written notice. This Arrangement may be
modified in writing at any time with the concurrence of the signatories.
Signed at 2:00 p.m., in quintuplicate on the 23 day of October of the year
two thousand and eight.
|FOR THE UNITED
STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
OMAHA AREA OFFICE:
Ben Bare, CIH,
|FOR THE CONSULATE
OF MEXICO OMAHA, NEBRASKA:
Jorge Ernesto Espejel M.,
Consul of Mexico in Omaha
FOR THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S
WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION
OMAHA AREA OFFICE:
Richard J. Tesarek,
Assistant District Director
FOR THE NEBRASKA
WORKERS' COMPENSATION COURT:
Glenn W. Morton,
Catherine D. Lang,
Commissioner of Labor