ARRANGEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
SAN FRANCISCO REGION
THE GENERAL CONSULATE OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
IN CALIFORNIA AND THE U.S. WESTERN REGION
The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL's) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) San Francisco Region and the General Consulate of the Dominican Republic in California and the U.S. Western Region, hereinafter referred to collectively as "the Participants";
Recognizing the joint commitment to protect worker's rights for Dominican workers acknowledged in the Letter of Arrangement between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the United States of America and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic, signed at Washington, D.C., on August 29, 2011; 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 form an Alliance to achieve the following:
The Participants intend to establish a collaborative relationship to provide Dominican and other Latino workers in California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii information, guidance, and access to resources to promote workers' rights in protecting their occupational safety and health, and to help them understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA Act).
Outreach and Communication
The Participants 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 develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and links to OSHA's Web site from the Embassy's and the Consulate's Web sites) to Dominican and other Latino workers in California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii, and their employers.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at the Participants' conferences, local meetings, or other events.
Promotion of a National Dialogue
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- To raise awareness of and demonstrate commitment to workplace safety and health and worker's rights under the OSH Act, whenever leaders from the Participants address groups.
- To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on issues affecting Dominican and other Latino workers in in California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii to help forge innovative solutions on issues concerning workplace safety and health, and understanding of workers' rights and responsibilities of employers under the OSH Act.
An implementation team made up of representatives of each Participant intends to meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the Participants. In addition, the Participants intend to meet at least three times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance.
Nothing in this Arrangement commits the Participants to the expenditure of any funds.
This Arrangement is intended to cease two years from the date of signing. A Participant should endeavor to provide 30 days advance written notice of its intent to discontinue its participation in this Arrangement. This Arrangement may be modified in writing at any time by mutual consent of the Participants.
Signed in San Francisco, California, in duplicate, on the 20th day of the month of June of the year Two-Thousand and Thirteen (2013), in the English and Spanish languages.
For the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, San Francisco Regional Office:
- Ken Nishiyama Atha
- Regional Administrator
For the General Consulate of Dominican Republic in California and the U.S. Western Region:
- Celeste Jimenez
- Consul General