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U.S. — Argentina Labor Cooperation

The United States and Argentina signed a Letter of Understanding in 2009 establishing a framework to promote hemispheric cooperation on labor issues such as employment generation, social insurance programs, discrimination in the workplace, occupational safety and health and other topics of mutual interest.

Upcoming Events

September 2014 (TBC):   The Ministries of Labor of Argentina, the United States (DOL), and the Bahamas will work together in 2014-2015 on the policy working group of the Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor (IACML) of the OAS.  Argentina is the Chair and DOL and the Bahamas serve as Vice Chairs. To follow-up on the Declaration and Plan of Action adopted by the Ministers of Labor in the region, the working group will organize regional labor meetings focused on social dialogue based on freedom of association and collective bargaining; formalization of the informal economy, addressing precarious employment and broadening social protection; integrated strategies for improving entrance into the labor market; and equality, eradication of discrimination and social inequality.  The first working group meeting is expected to take place in September 2014 in Barbados.  The second working group meetings will take place in 2015 in Colombia (TBC).

Recent Events

March 26 – 28, 2012: Visit of Argentine Trade Union Delegation — Washington, D.C.

From March 26-28, 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor and the State Department hosted a delegation of trade unionists from Argentina coordinated by the Buenos Aires-based Center for American Studies. The visit was part of a broader program involving seminars about the United States held in Argentina and meetings in Washington, D.C., designed to foster information exchanges on priority labor and employment issues. The delegation met with ILAB's Deputy Under Secretary for International Affairs, Sandra Polaski, and DOL officials from the Employment and Training Administration, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Wage and Hour Division, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, the National Labor Relations Board, and the State Department's Bureaus of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor and Western Hemisphere Affairs. The delegation also met with U.S. labor unions, non-governmental organizations, and toured and met students and staff from the Potomac Job Corps Center, a DOL-funded youth employment program, in Washington, D.C.

December 2011: Secretary Solis Travel to Argentina for Inauguration of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner – Buenos Aires, Argentina

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis traveled to Buenos Aires in December 2011 for the Inauguration of Argentine President, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. While in Argentina, Secretary Solis also met with Labor Minister Carlos Tomada to discuss the global economic downturn and the importance of keeping labor issues front-and-center in international discussions, the need for job creation and social welfare programs to address immediate concerns of unemployment, gender-based discrimination in the workplace, and youth employment and training.

Resources

  • U.S. – Argentina Letter of Understanding on Labor Cooperation (HTML | PDF)

Questions?

C. Gay
(202) 693-4906