Joint Ministerial Declaration

Daniel SheehanU.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez recently signed a joint ministerial declaration with Mexican Secretary of Labor and Social Welfare, Jesús Alfanso Navarrete Prida, designed to help improve the lives of migrant and seasonal farmworkers (MSFW) working hard to harvest the foods that we eat every day. AFOP thanks Secretary Perez for his continued commitment to farmworkers and applauds this important step in his goal of “helping ensure that all workers in the United States know their rights and that all employers know their responsibilities under the law.”

With its child labor campaign, Children in the Fields, and its Health and Safety Programs, AFOP strives for the same goals, working hard to improve the lives MSFWs across the United States. Through AFOP’s Health and Safety Program, our association members, in the previous five years, have educated over 200,000 farmworkers about how to better protect themselves on the job, and Children in the Fields works every day to educate families, growers, and policy makers about the plight of children employed in agriculture and the very real and pressing need to give them a chance to succeed.

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