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U.S. Department of Labor
Wage and Hour Division
Release Number: 11-1244-KAN

Date: 

Aug. 23, 2011

Contact: 

Scott Allen or Rhonda Burke

Phone: 

(312) 353-6876 or 312-353-6976

US Department of Labor to participate in Labor Rights Week to be sponsored by Mexican Consulate in Kansas City, Mo., Aug. 29-Sept. 2


Memorandum of understanding signed to protect workersí rights

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City District Office of the U.S. Department of Laborís Wage and Hour Division will participate in the fourth annual Labor Rights Week, Aug. 29ĖSept. 2, to be sponsored by the Mexican Consulate in Kansas City. The goals of Labor Rights Week are to improve awareness of labor laws and the divisionís mission, and to provide information that will lead to enhanced compliance, particularly for low-wage, vulnerable workers.

Wage and Hour Division staff will give a presentation on workersí rights and division resources at the Mexican Consulate, located at 1617 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City, Mo. 64108, on Monday, Aug. 29, at 10 a.m. CDT. Following the presentation, staff will be available to answer questions and provide information until noon.

To formalize a long-standing partnership, the divisionís Kansas City District Office has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Mexican Consulate. The objective of this MOU is to provide Mexican nationals in Kansas and Missouri with access to education and training resources on their rights as workers in the United States. The partnership aims to promote compliance with the laws and regulations administered and enforced by the Wage and Hour Division, including those related to minimum wage, overtime, record keeping, child labor, safe housing and transportation.

For more information about federal wage laws, call the Wage and Hour Divisionís toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243). Information is also available on the Internet at http://www.dol.gov/whd .

To kick off Labor Rights Week nationwide, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis will welcome ambassadors from Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic to Washington, D.C., for a historical signing of joint declarations and letters of arrangement to support workersí rights. That event will be broadcast live on the Internet at http://www.dol.gov/live on Monday, Aug. 29, at 1 p.m. EDT.

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