U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Employment and Training Administration
Washington, D. C. 20210

CLASSIFICATION

ES/MSFW

CORRESPONDENCE SYMBOL

TEES

ISSUE DATE

February 3, 1997

RESCISSIONS

None

EXPIRATION DATE

March 31, 1997

 

DIRECTIVE

:

GENERAL ADMINISTRATION LETTER NO. 05-97

 

TO

:

ALL STATE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY AGENCIES

 

FROM

:

BARBARA ANN FARMER
Administrator
for Regional Management

 

SUBJECT

:

1997 National Farmworker Issues Conference

 

  1. Purpose. To invite appropriate State agency staff to participate in a National Farmworker Conference.

  2. Reference. 20 CFR 653.108(e) and 20 CFR 658.602(c).

  3. Background. The Midwest Association of Farmworker Organizations will be conducting a national farmworker conference in San Antonio, Texas on March 2-7, 1997. The conference has been planned to provide participants with sessions that will allow them an opportunity for the discussion of the most current and urgent educational, labor, health and various social issues affecting the nation's farmworker population. The purpose of the Conference is to highlight successful farmworker programs and to provide a forum that will allow individuals to develop linkages and projects through a collective and collaborative process leading to improved and comprehen- sive services for farmworkers. The sessions will be designed to facilitate specific recommendations for the development of comprehensive services that address the needs of the nation's farmworkers.

  4. Monitor Advocate Meeting. There has been considerable turnover in the Monitor Advocate positions at the National, Regional and State levels since the MSFW Regulations were initially promulgated on June 10, 1980. Many of our present Monitor Advocates never received complete training on the regulations. Additionally, the new initiatives of the Department of Labor require that existing programs adapt themselves to these initiatives. Therefore, it is necessary that the Monitor Advocate System re-examine its initial mandate so that its staff will be able to contribute to the adaptation of the Monitor Advocate Program to the new initiatives within their geographic area. A special track has been established during the conference for Monitor Advocate Training. The special track will cover the following topics:

  5. Participants. It is important that all Monitor Advocates participate in the conference.

  6. Accommodations. The conference will be held at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. The Hotel telephone number is 1-800-28-TEXAS. Ask the Hotel for the National Farmworkers Conference/MAFO Group Room Rates which are $79.13 single and $83.13 double plus tax.

    Pre-registration forms will be mailed directly to all Monitor Advocates by MAFO.

  7. Action Required. SESA Administrators are requested to encourage attendance of Monitor Advocate staff.

  8. Inquiries. Direct questions to your Regional Monitor Advocate or Lupe Martinez, MAFO Chairman at 414-482-7200.