Gov. Brown and Mexican officials signed agreements on economic cooperation and migrant workers this morning, wrapping up Brown’s three-day trade and investment trip to Mexico.
On migrant workers, the two sides will look to create “a voluntary pilot program to help prevent abuses in the recruitment of Mexican H-2 temporary workers going to California.”
H-2 workers are usually hired privately and through hiring agencies. Brown and Mexico’s Secretary of Labor “discussed measures to improve transparency and accountability in the recruitment of these workers to reduce exploitation and prevent labor violations.”
“Temporary workers from Mexico play an important part in California’s economy, and we must ensure that these workers are treated fairly and with respect,” said Brown.