16/09/2014: PHILIPPINE CONSULATE IN SAN FRANCISCO AND US LABOR'S WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION SIGN AGREEMENT PROTECTING LABOR RIGHTS OF FILIPINOS
Deputy Consul General Jaime Ramon Ascalon and Wage and Hour Division Denver District Director Charles Frasier exchange copies of the signed alliance arrangement. Witnessing the signing ceremony were NaFFAA Executive Director Giselle Rushford, Crosswind Church Lead Pastor Ric Doguiles and former NaFFAA Regional Chair Donna Lavigne.
Aurora, Colorado – “Regardless of immigration status, the US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is committed to making sure that all workers in the U.S. are paid properly and for all the hours they are on the job, regardless of immigration status.” This was the key message conveyed by Deputy Consul General Jaime Ramon Ascalon and Wage and Hour Division Denver District Director Charles Frasier during the signing ceremony for the Arrangement establishing an Understanding between the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco and the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division’s Southwest Regional Office in Aurora, Colorado on September 5, 2014.
“We look forward to working the Philippine Consulate and the Filipino Community in Colorado, in reaching out to all Filipinos in the area and educate them about their labor rights. We can also assist them in investigating possible violations by their employers, while protecting their identity,” Director Frasier added.
The signing ceremony was held on the sidelines of the Consulate on Wheels outreach mission at the Crosswinds Church in Aurora, Colorado. Witnessing the ceremony were members of the Filipino community led by Ms. Giselle Rushford, Executive Director of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA), Ms. Donna Lavigne, former Regional Chair of NaFFAA, and Mr. Ric Doguiles, Lead Pastor of the Crosswind Church.
The Alliance Arrangement establishes a collaborative relationship to provide Philippine nationals in Colorado, Montana, Utah and Wyoming, with information, guidance and access to education and training resources to help them exercise their workplace rights, particularly with regard to reducing violations of minimum wage, overtime, recordkeeping, child labor, safe housing and transportation provisions of the laws and regulations administered and enforced by WHD.
It also seeks to help our nationals understand the rights of workers and responsibilities of employers under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act and the various employment programs under the Immigration and Nationality Act over which the Wage and Hour Division has enforcement authority.
As leaders of the Filipino Community, Ms. Rushford and Ms. Lavigne said they would assist the DOL-WHD organize training and information sessions on this important issue. Mr. Doguiles offered the Crosswind Community Center as a venue for said sessions.