Maria Sager, as a panel presenter at the request of the Consulate General of Mexico at this summer’s 2011 Labor Week, has been invited to the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding with the US Department of Labor – Wages and Hours Division and the Consulate General of Mexico on behalf of their citizens working in the United States. The MOU was devised to provide information, education, and training for Mexican workers in order to facilitate the exercising of their labor rights, while simultaneously shielding them from potential labor rights violations. In short, the MOU is designed to institutionalize the collaborative relationship of both the DOL-W&H and the Consulate General.
The ceremony and press conference will announce the successful closing of two labor cases from 2010 in which both the DOL-W&H and the Consulate General, in a joint effort, assisted seasonal farm workers by securing their labor rights and safety and by providing them with checks for unpaid back wages. The cases received local and national news coverage.
In 2010, six Mexican migrants and seasonal farm workers were killed and six others were seriously injured in two separate traffic accidents prompting an investigation led by the US Department of Labor. Mid-Valley Labor Services, a labor contractor based in Sonoma, CA and Ayala Corp. were implicated in a federal probe resulting in $49,527 in back wages for the workers and $91,300 in fines stemming from the violation of labor laws. The Consulate General of Mexico responded by providing support to the injured workers and the families of the deceased.
Ms. Sager, and Boxer & Gerson LLP, represents working Mexican nationals injured in California who are entitled to the same rights and protections as any other injured worker. The MOU above will help assure that their right to hard earned wages will also be defended.