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Release Number: 13-1741-CHI
Aug. 26, 2013
Contact: Scott Allen Rhonda Burke
Phone: 312-353-6976

US Department of Labor's OSHA, MIOSHA and Consulate of Mexico to sign
workers' protection alliance Aug. 27 in Detroit during Labor Rights Week

DETROIT – In its ongoing effort to protect workers, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Consulate General of Mexico in Detroit will formerly sign an alliance on Aug. 27 to provide Mexican nationals with safety and health training and promote workers' rights. The signing ceremony takes place during National Labor Rights Week, Aug. 26-31.

"Labor Rights Week and the signing of this alliance are initiatives to educate Mexican nationals and other Spanish-speakers about workplace safety and health," said Nick Walters, OSHA Regional Administrator in Chicago. "All workers in the United States deserve occupational safety training and protection from hazards."

The alliance establishes a collaborative relationship to provide Mexican nationals in Michigan and northern Ohio with guidance and training resources on workers' rights, understanding U.S. domestic law and OSHA standards. Alliance partners, including OSHA's area offices in Michigan and northern Ohio, will also develop ways of communicating various workplace safety and health topics to Mexican nationals and local employers.

Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez has posted a message for Labor Right's Week at and in Spanish:

WHO: Nick Walters, OSHA regional administrator, Chicago
Vicente Colmenares Sumano, consul in charge
Martha Yoder, director of MIOSH

WHAT: Signing ceremony to establish alliance between the Consulate of Mexico in Detroit,
OSHA's area offices in Toledo and Cleveland, Ohio; Lansing, Mich.; and the Michigan
Occupational Safety and Health Administration

WHERE: Consulate of Mexico in Detroit
645 Griswold Suite 830
Detroit, Mich. 48226

WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 27
10 a.m. EDT

Press interested in covering the event should contact
Scott Allen or Rhonda Burke using the information above.

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