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Promoting Labor Diplomacy

The Department of Labor , represented by the Bureau of International Labor Affairs' Office of International Relations , has a long-term institutional relationship with the Department of State to carry out the U.S. Government's labor diplomacy function. Over the years, the Department of Labor has worked closely with the State Department to ensure the inclusion of labor and employment issues in U.S. foreign relations. Employment issues and labor organizations play a prominent role in the domestic politics, policies, and economies in many countries and it is important that the government stay informed on developments in this area.

Joint Award for Excellence in Labor Diplomacy

The Joint Award for Excellence in Labor Diplomacy, first awarded in 1999, is made for advancing U.S. international labor policy objectives and for outstanding contributions in reporting, analysis, advocacy and policy recommendations on labor developments and issues. A panel composed equally of DOL and DOS representatives select the winner and runner-up, and their choices are confirmed by the panel co-chairs, currently the Associate Deputy Undersecretary of Labor for International Affairs and the State Department's Special Representative for International Labor Affairs. The award certificate, signed by the Secretaries of Labor and State, is officially presented to the winner at Department of State's annual awards ceremony.

Recent winners are:

  • 2012 — Peter T. Shea, Labor Officer, U.S. Embassy, Cairo, Egypt
  • 2011 — Roy A. Perrin, Labor Officer, U.S. Embassy, Beijing, China
  • 2010 — Kurt W. Aufderheide, Political/Labor Officer, U.S. Consulate General, Guangzhou, China
  • 2009 — Lucy M. Chang, Labor Officer, U.S. Embassy, Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Full list of winners and runners-up
  • 2012
    Peter T. Shea, Labor Officer, U.S. Embassy, Cairo, Egypt
    Nicole G. Johnson, Labor Officer, U.S. Embassy, Hanoi, Vietnam

    2011
    Roy A. Perrin, Labor Officer, U.S. Embassy, Beijing, China
    Elizabeth M. Hoffman, Labor Officer, U.S. Embassy, Bogota, Colombia

    2010
    Kurt W. Aufderheide, Political/Labor Officer, U.S. Consulate General, Guangzhou, China
    John C. Aller, Regional Labor Officer, U.S. Embassy, Bridgetown, Barbados

    2009
    Lucy M. Chang, Labor Officer, U.S. Embassy, Guatemala City, Guatemala
    Anne L. Chick, International Relations Officer, U.S. Mission, Geneva, Switzerland

    2008
    Andrew N. Lentz, Labor Reporting Officer, U.S. Embassy, Muscat, Oman
    Bruce J. Levine, Labor Officer, U.S. Embassy, Beijing, China

    2007
    Zachary Harkenrider, Labor Reporting Officer, U.S. Embassy, Niamey, Niger
    Michael Heath, Labor Officer, U.S. Embassy, Bangkok, Thailand

    2006
    Jennifer Spande, Labor Reporting Officer, U.S. Embassy, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
    Randolph Fleitman, Regional Labor Officer, U.S. Embassy, Nairobi, Kenya

    2005 Troy Fitrell, Labor Officer, U.S. Embassy, Guatemala City, Guatemala
    Joseph Novak, Labor Officer, U.S. Embassy, Manila, Philippines

    2004
    Erik Hall, Labor Officer, U.S. Embassy, Guatemala City, Guatemala
    Jean Bonilla, Labor Officer, U.S. Embassy, London, United Kingdom

    2003
    John Chamberlin, Labor Officer, U.S. Embassy, Beijing, China
    Tobias Glucksman, Labor Reporting Officer, U.S. Embassy, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    2002
    Mark Mittlehauser, Labor Officer, U.S. Consulate General, Sao Paulo, Brazil
    Robert Hagen, Labor Officer, U.S. Mission, Geneva, Switzerland

    2001
    Will Owen, Labor Officer, U.S. Embassy, Guatemala City, Guatemala
    Bruce Levine, Labor Reporting Officer, U.S. Embassy, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    2000
    Terry Daru, Regional Labor Officer, U.S. Embassy, Bridgetown, Barbados
    Mary Curtin, Labor Officer, U.S. Embassy, Tunis, Tunisia

    1999
    William Heidt, Labor Reporting Officer, U.S. Embassy, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
    John Ritchie, Labor Officer, U.S. Embassy, Mexico City, Mexico

Questions?

Patrick Del Vecchio
(202) 693-4791
DelVecchio.Patrick@dol.gov