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US Department of Labor awards $10M in funding to support stronger state labor courts, promote worker rights, protections in Mexico

Funding aligns with USMCA obligations, 2019 labor reform goals

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of a $10 million cooperative agreement to The Ergo Group to provide assistance to state labor courts in Mexico in protecting worker rights as part of the country’s 2019 labor law reform.

Administered by the Bureau of International Labor Affairs, the project will help state labor courts strengthen their capacity to ensure that labor cases – particularly those related to collective bargaining and fundamental rights – are resolved equitably, independently and efficiently. It also seeks to create an equitable labor justice environment by establishing new courtroom procedures for greater transparency and efficiency, and by enhancing ties among local labor courts, other labor institutions and the Mexican people.

The project aligns with U.S. obligations in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and the goals of Mexico’s 2019 labor reform.

Founded in 1999 in Berkeley, California, The Ergo Group is a public policy and technology consulting firm experienced with projects related to labor justice. In 2001, the company established Sistemas Para Políticas Públicas Consultores, its Mexican subsidiary, and has worked with private, public and international organizations on projects at the national, state and municipal levels there.

Learn more about the department’s international work.


Bureau of International Labor Affairs
January 24, 2023
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Media Contact: Christine Feroli
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