The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines have signed a memorandum of understanding designed to strengthen their collaborative efforts to provide Filipino workers, their employers, and Filipino business owners in the United States with information, guidance, and access to education regarding their rights and responsibilities under the National Labor Relations Act (the Act).
The NLRB is the independent government agency responsible for enforcing the National Labor Relations Act, the primary law governing relations between employers and employees in the private sector. The Act guarantees workers the right to join together, with or without a union, to improve their wages and working conditions, or to refrain from such activities. Employers and employees alike are protected from unfair labor practices.
Under the framework announced today, the NLRB and the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C., as well as NLRB Regional Offices and Philippine Consulates nationwide, will cooperate to provide outreach, education, and training, and to develop best practices. The framework has been used by other federal labor agencies, including the Department of Labor, which have similar agreements with the Philippine Embassy and its consulates.
The agreement is aimed to promote a broader awareness within the Filipino community of the rights and responsibilities of employees and employers, along with the services that the NLRB provides.
With coordination from the consulates, the NLRB expects to meet with Filipino workers around the country to help forge innovative solutions to issues specific to their needs. The memorandum of understanding will also enhance the NLRB's ability to provide employers, including Filipino business owners in the United States, with resources to assist them with their operations, including access to education and training resources regarding rights and responsibilities under the Act.