OSHA, National Labor Relations Board sign agreement to strengthen information-sharing, outreach on whistleblower protections

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board today announced that the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the board have signed an agreement to strengthen the agencies’ partnership and outline procedures for information-sharing, referrals, training and outreach that explain federal anti-retaliation protections.

The Memorandum of Understanding will also enable OSHA and the board to cooperate more effectively and efficiently to enforce related laws and protect workers’ rights.

“Everyone should be able to exercise their legal rights in the workplace without fear of losing their job or other forms of punishment,” explained Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health Doug Parker. “Our partnership with the National Labor Relations Board will expand both of our agencies’ impact and effectiveness in protecting workers who raise concerns about workplace violations or retaliation.”

The collaboration will also create mechanisms to increase overall awareness on the rights and remedies available under federal anti-retaliation and whistleblower protection laws. The agencies have jointly created a fact sheet, “Building Safe & Healthy Workplaces by Promoting Worker Voice” to help workers better understand what recourse they have when their rights are violated.

“Workplace safety can be a matter of life and death for workers and so the ability to report workplace hazards without fear of retaliation is critically important,” said National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Jennifer A. Abruzzo. “Today’s MOU will bolster protections for workers to speak out about unsafe working conditions by strengthening coordination between OSHA and the NLRB on our enforcement efforts.”

Learn more about the National Labor Relations Board or call 1-844-762-6572. For assistance in filing a charge, contact your NLRB Regional Office.

For more information on whistleblower protections, visit OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program website.

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OSHA, Mexican Consulate in Dallas sign alliance to protect safety, health of Spanish-speaking workers

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Promotes employee workplace rights for Spanish-speaking workers

OSHA Dallas Area Director Basil Singh, Fort Worth Area Director Timothy Minor and Mexico’s Consul in Dallas Francisco de la Torre Galindo signing an alliance.











On June 14, 2023, OSHA Dallas Area Director Basil Singh, Fort Worth Area Director Timothy Minor and Mexico’s Consul in Dallas Francisco de la Torre Galindo signed an alliance to promote understanding of the workplace safety and health rights and responsibilities and provide resources for North Texas’ Spanish-speaking workers. 

Alliance description: On June 14, 2023, OSHA’s area offices in Dallas and Fort Worth and the Dallas Mexican Consulate entered into a two-year alliance to provide Spanish-speaking employers and workers in North Texas with information, guidance and access to workers’ rights resources.

The alliance provides workplace safety and health outreach and training materials to the area’s Mexican nationals, including construction and general industry employees and employers, providing information, guidance and training resources that will help protect the health and safety of workers. The alliance is also focused on helping employers understand worker rights and their responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

Background: OSHA’s Alliance Program works with groups committed to worker safety and health to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses. These groups include unions, consulates, trade or professional organizations, businesses, faith- and community-based organizations, and educational institutions. OSHA and the groups work together to develop compliance assistance tools and resources, share information with workers and employers and educate workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities.

Quote: “OSHA’s alliance with the Mexican Consulate in Dallas will prevent many Spanish-speaking people working in North Texas from needless injuries or worse,” explained OSHA Area Director Basil Singh in Dallas. “Every U.S. worker, regardless of their immigration status, has the right to a safe workplace and to receive information in their own language.”

“Working with the Mexican Consulate in Dallas will help us reach out to many workers who we might not otherwise have access to,” explained OSHA Area Timothy Minor in Fort Worth, Texas. “By breaking down the language barrier, we can help these workers understand the rights to be protected from needless harm.”

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Labor Rights Week set for Aug. 31-Sept. 3

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Collage showing immigrant workers in different occupations with the text "Labor Rights Week, August 30 to September 3. dol.gov/LaborRightsWeek"

Every day, millions of vulnerable workers head to jobs where they unnecessarily face dangerous or unfair conditions. Construction workers aren’t given necessary personal protective equipment and suffer injuries or fatalities as a result. Dishwashers are told to work overtime without pay. Garment workers are paid for each piece they sew – but those wages are less than the federal minimum wage.

Some aren’t aware of their rights because their employers failed to provide that information in a language they understand. Some are afraid to speak up for fear of losing their jobs or being deported.

During Labor Rights Week, Aug. 30 – Sept. 3, we’re getting the word out that ALL workers have the same right to a safe workplace and fair pay, as well as the right to report possible violations without retaliation. That’s because worker protections apply to everyone regardless of immigration status.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health AdministrationWage and Hour Division and Bureau of International Labor Affairs are teaming up with federal and state agencies, embassies and worker advocates to deliver that message to those who need to hear it most.

Many immigrant workers have performed essential duties throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important that they have meaningful access to information about their rights as they work diligently during these challenging times. It’s also important that employers understand their responsibilities and meet their obligations. We are committed to working together through education and compliance assistance.

Explore our resources, available in many languages, and learn more about how you can get involved at dol.gov/LaborRightsWeek.

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