NLRB and Mexico sign cooperation agreement

Labor board expands outreach to immigrant community

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is reaching out to our friends south of the border.

Earlier this month, the NLRB announced that it had signed a letter of agreement with Mexico in an effort to strengthen collaborative efforts to provide Mexican workers, employers and business owners in the U.S. better information about their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

The NLRA guarantees workers the right to join together, with or without a union, to improve their wages and working conditions, or to refrain from such activities. Under the new agreement, the NLRB and the Mexican Embassy will provide outreach, education and training to develop best practices so that Mexican workers, employers and business owners know their rights under the Act.

“We recognize the need to improve employer and worker awareness of the rights and obligations under the Act that are applicable to all Mexican workers in the United States of America,” NLRB General Counsel Lafe Solomon said in a statement.  “This agreement will give us a greater opportunity to fulfill the goals of the [NLRA], to guarantee the right of workers—including employees just entering the work force—to engage or refrain from engaging in protected-concerted or organizing activity to improve their working conditions without fear of discrimination, harassment or retaliation.”

Read more about this agreement in Littler Mendelson’s Employment Law Update.

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Cathleen Flahardy

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