Whether legally or illegally, Ecuadorains have been migrating into the United States at such large rates that they are now the eight largest Latino group in the United States.
As part of its efforts to ensure the legal and illegal immigrants know of their workplace rights, the Obama administration has been active in working with the Ecudorian government to ensure that Ecudorians in the United States know about their workplace rights.
On Tuesday, Nov. 10th, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will enter into a national Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ecuador to launch a campaign to train immigrants about their rights with under the Equal Employment Opportunities Act.
The agreement will establish an ongoing collaborative relationship between EEOC and Ecuadorian embassy and consulates nationwide to provide Ecuadorian nationals with information, guidance, and access to education and training resources to help them exercise their workplace rights. This agreement addresses a key objective of EEOC’s Strategic Enforcement Plan: to protect the rights of immigrants, migrants, and other vulnerable workers. EEOC Chair Jenny Yang and Ecuadorian Ambassador Francisco Borja Cevallos will sign the agreement.
This agreement is similar to one agreed to between the Ecuadorian government and the National Labor Relations Board back in August, ensuring that Ecudorian immigrants—whether legally or illegally in the United States—know of their rights to unionize U.S. companies.