Mexican Consulate in Salt Lake City hosting Utah job fair, labor rights event

José V. Borjón, head consul of Mexico in Salt Lake City, speaks at discussion panel during the 2021 Labor Rights Week. This year’s week will kick off with a similar discussion panel. (Mexican Consulate in Salt Lake City)

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SALT LAKE CITY — A series of events geared at educating Hispanic workers about their labor rights as immigrants is taking place next week.

The activities are part of the 14th annual Labor Rights Week, an initiative hosted by the 51 Mexican consulates across the US This year’s theme, “Inclusion and equality are rights of all workers,” will focus on the importance of gender equality in the workplace and dive into discrimination and harassment that women face in the workplace.

The Mexican Consulate in Salt Lake City will kick off the week with an opening event at 10 am Monday at the headquarters of the Associated General Contractors of Utah, located at 2207 S. 1070 West in West Valley City.

The event will feature a message from José V. Borjón, head consul of Mexico in Salt Lake City, and a panel on the contributions of the Hispanic labor force, occupational safety and labor rights in Utah. The panel, which will be moderated by Deputy Consul Patricia Cortés, will feature Sen. Luz Escamilla; Nubia Peña, director of the Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs; Antonella Packard, Salt Lake City economic development manager; Rancho Market President and CEO Eli Madrigal; and Anita Watson, an expert on occupational safety and claims management.

On Tuesday, the consulate and Associated General Contractors of Utah will host a free job fair from 5 to 8 pm at 2207 S. 1070 West in West Valley City. Over 30 companies will be recruiting for jobs in construction, credit unions, health, gardening, electricity and carpentry. Free tacos will also be available.

Workers can also register for free training on controlling the risk of using cleaning chemicals or safety measures for forklift operation. The training, which will be in Spanish, will be held on Tuesday at 5 pm at the same location.

More information about the activities can be found here or by contacting the consulate at 801-521-8502, extension 125 or [email protected]

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Sydnee Gonzalez is a multicultural reporter for KSL.com covering the diversity of Utah’s people and communities. Se habla espanol. You can find Sydnee at @sydnee_gonzalez on Twitter.

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