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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 health;

Intend to establish this Alliance to achieve the following:

ARTICLE 1
OBJECTIVE

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.

ARTICLE 2
AREAS OF COOPERATION

To achieve the objective of this Arrangement, the Parties intend to work together in the following areas of mutual interest:

  1. training and education;
  2. outreach and communication;
  3. promotion of a national dialogue, and
  4. any other area agreed to by the Parties.

ARTICLE 3
SPECIFIC COOPERATION PROJECTS

  1. Training and Education

    The Parties intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

    - 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.
     
  2. Outreach and Communication

    The Parties intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

    - 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.
     
  3. 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 compensation:

    - 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 compensation.

ARTICLE 4
COMMUNICATIONS

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 request inspections.


ARTICLE 5
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 Alliance.

ARTICLE 6
FINAL PROVISIONS

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,
Area Director
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,
Administrator



 

FOR NEBRASKA
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT:



 
Catherine D. Lang,
Commissioner of Labor