/ Modified sep 6, 2021 10:48 p.m.

U.S., Mexico sign agreement on rights of workers in United States

New agreement focused on combatting discrimination against Mexican and Mexican-American workers in the United States.

Esteban Moctezuma Ambassador Esteban Moctezuma at a press conference in 2020.
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The United States and Mexico have signed a new agreement focused on combatting discrimination against Mexican and Mexican-American workers in the United States.

The agreement was signed as part of Mexico’s annual Labor Rights Week, meant to raise awareness among Latino communities about their rights in the United States.

And Esteban Moctezuma, ambassador to the United States, says it demonstrates both countries’ commitment to the rights of workers regardless of their nationality or immigration status.

"We work for this collaboration to address four specific concerns of the Mexican and Hispanic working communities in the U.S.," he said during a signing ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 2.

Those concerns are increasing awareness of laws and regulations that protect workers; preventing exploitation and labor discrimination; and ensuring workers know about their rights to unionize.

Moctezuma has previously expressed concerns about a lack of labor law compliance in U.S. agricultural and meat processing industries - including problems with pay, safety issues and a failure to address violence and sexual harassment in the workplace.

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