ILAB seeks to deepen and strengthen international cooperation on labor issues through regular communication with counterparts in foreign labor ministries and by establishing Memorandums of Understanding and instituting bilateral Labor Dialogues with selected countries. Managed by ILAB's Office of International Relations, this bilateral engagement helps to facilitate the sharing of information between specialized DOL agencies and other countries. This engagement serves as a forum for sharing best practices on a wide array of labor topics, with the aim of furthering our larger mission of protecting workers' rights, promoting livelihoods for all workers, and increasing social protections for the most vulnerable.
ILAB currently has Labor Dialogues with the following countries:
The United States and Jordan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in December 2013 to better coordinate cooperative activities and to improve labor standards. The MOU is designed to complement the Free Trade Agreement signed in 2000 between the two countries and establish a labor cooperation mechanism. Areas of cooperation under the MOU include the fundamental rights of workers, employment services, labor law administration, labor inspection, social safety net programs, and working conditions.
- U.S. Jordan MOU on Labor Cooperation
On June 5, 2015, the U.S. Departments of Labor, Commerce, and Education signed a Joint Declaration of Intent with the German Federal Ministries of Education and Research, Economic Affairs and Energy, and Labor and Social Affairs to strengthen cooperation on career and technical education, including apprenticeship.
On September 1, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor signed a Joint Declaration of Intent with the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research of the Swiss Federation, joining the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Education in so doing. The Joint Declaration of Intent will strengthen cooperation between the United States and Switzerland on vocational and professional education and training, career and technical training, and apprenticeships.
On September 3, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor and Ministry of Labor and Social Security of the Kingdom of Spain signed a Joint Declaration of Intent to strengthen cooperation on skills training and other employment policies.