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Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez meets with Joan Burton, Ireland Minister for Social Protection and Ambassador of Ireland to the United States Anne Anderson.

March 20, 2014 —Secretary Perez hosts Irish Minister of Social Protection and Ambassador of Ireland to the United States

Irish Minister of Social Protection Joan Burton met with Secretary Perez at department headquarters on March 20 to exchange views on shared labor market challenges in the United States and Ireland. They were joined by Ireland's ambassador to the United States, Anne Anderson, to discuss both governments' approaches to spurring economic growth and promoting opportunity for workers after the devastating effects of the 2008 financial crisis, which also hit Ireland's economy particularly hard. Some of the shared challenges addressed were long-term unemployment, promoting youth employment and strategies for working with the private sector and trade unions. Burton is part of a larger Irish delegation that visits the United States annually around Ireland's National Day on March 17.




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September 24, 2013 —Meeting between Secretary Perez and Italian Labor Minister

Secretary Perez met with Italian Minister of Labor and Social Policies, Enrico Giovannini, at the U.S. Department of Labor to exchange views on challenges facing workers in the United States and Italy. The two ministers discussed the approaches of both governments to addressing unemployed youth and long-term unemployed workers, as well as the misclassification of workers. Both agreed on the need for governments to work closely with the business community, workers, and educators, as well as to share information between countries, to create new jobs and help workers access employment opportunities. Secretary Perez and Minister Giovannini also agreed to work more closely together within the G20, particularly with respect to youth employment, building safer workplaces, and developing closer and more effective relationships between ministries of labor and finance.




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August 23, 2013 — Web Chat with ILAB on Open Solicitations for Cooperative Agreement Applications

The Bureau of International Labor Affairs will host a web chat on Wednesday, August 28 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. (EST) to answer questions about the Solicitations for Cooperative Agreement Applications (SCAs) published in July and August 2013. The web chat, which is text only, will include a discussion (questions and answers) of the following SCAs:




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August 13, 2013 — ILAB Participates in 2013 AGOA Forum

ILAB participated in this year's AGOA forum August 9-13 in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, as part of a panel discussion, "Inclusive economic growth and sustainable development strategies: labor perspectives and best practices." The U.S. State Department, the Government of Liberia, and the International Labor Organization also participated in the panel. The session highlighted the role that greater respect for labor rights can play in advancing inclusive economic growth.




Child Labor in the Gold Mines of Burkina Faso: PBS Interview with ILAB's Eric Biel

July 10, 2013 — Child Labor in the Gold Mines of Burkina Faso: PBS Interview with ILAB's Eric Biel

Eric Biel, ILAB's Acting Associate Deputy Undersecretary, interview with PBS News Hour segment entitled “Children in Burkina Faso Get Dirty Work of Digging Up Gold” details child labor in small mining operations in Burkino Faso.




Eric Biel at the International Labor Conference

June 17, 2013 — Charting the Future of the World of Work

Eric Biel, ILAB's Acting Associate Deputy Undersecretary, addressed the International Labor Conference on behalf of the U.S. Government on June 17. Biel said that the world of work has been transformed in recent years and that the ILO must adjust its vision to remain relevant. It is necessary, he said, that we recognize that the 20th century model of industrial relations based on wage contracts is not the reality for many working people around the world. He praised ILO Director-General Guy Ryder’s efforts to better engage the business community and said that “in a world where political and economic power is more diffuse and where both capital and labor have become increasingly mobile, the role of international labor standards that are effectively applied everywhere is more necessary than ever.” The annual conference is attended by government, worker, and employer representatives from the ILO's 185 member countries.




US-Colombia Labor Affairs Council Meeting

June 5, 2013 — US Department of Labor hosts 1st Labor Affairs Council meeting under US-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement

The Labor Affairs Council of the United States - Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA) convened its first meeting on June 4-5, 2013, in Washington, D.C. Participants in the meeting included Seth D. Harris, Acting Secretary of Labor; Rafael Pardo, Minister of Labor of Colombia; and Carlos Urrutia, Colombian Ambassador to the United States. The Council reaffirmed the Parties' commitments under the Labor Chapter and further clarified the domestic mechanisms, institutions, and procedures that each Party has established to advance the fulfillment of the Labor Chapter's provisions.

The Council also held in-depth discussions on several topics, including: (1) the vision of the new Colombian Ministry of Labor and activities to strengthen institutional capacity and labor law enforcement and compliance; (2) multilateral cooperation and technical assistance and capacity building; and (3) the Labor Chapter's implementation and areas of particular concern.

A public session took place the morning of June 5. The Council convened workers, employers, civil society organizations, and the general public to discuss matters relating to the implementation of the Labor Chapter.




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May 30, 2013 — Web Chat with ILAB on Open Solicitations for Cooperative Agreement Applications

The Bureau of International Labor Affairs will host a web chat on Thursday, June 6, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. (EST) to answer questions about the Solicitations for Cooperative Agreement Applications (SCAs) published in May 2013. The web chat, which is text only, will include a discussion (questions and answers) of the following SCAs:




US-Korea Labor Affairs Council Meeting

March 19, 2013 — US Department of Labor hosts 1st Labor Affairs Council meeting under US-Korea Free Trade Agreement

The Labor Affairs Council of the United States – Korea Free Trade Agreement convened its first meeting on March 18-19, 2013 in Washington, D.C. Officials from the U.S. Department of Labor, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Korean Ministry of Employment and Labor, and the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade reaffirmed the Parties’ commitments to supporting internationally recognized core labor standards. The Council also held in-depth discussions on areas for future cooperation on specific priority areas, including information sharing on employment and labor statistics and collaboration on issues related to global supply chains. The meeting concluded with a public session with workers’ and other civil society organizations, employers, and the general public.




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December 27, 2012 — U.S. Department of Labor Awards $39 million for Projects in Africa, Latin America and Indonesia

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded more than $39 million for projects in nine countries across the globe this month. The various projects addressing such issues as child labor, worker organizations, labor rights and domestic work will be implemented in Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Haiti, Tanzania, Burkina Faso and Indonesia.




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December 20, 2012 — U.S. Secretary of Labor Releases Report on Bahrain's Labor Compliance

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today released a report on Bahrain's compliance with its labor commitments under the U.S.-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement. The report concludes that, while the government of Bahrain has instituted important mechanisms to address issues stemming from the 2011 unrest in Bahrain, it appears to have acted inconsistently with the Labor Chapter of the FTA in its response to that unrest. The report recommends consultations between the United States and Bahrain under the Labor Chapter and offers recommendations to serve as a road map for a collaborative discussion and a positive resolution of the issues.




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December 14, 2012 — ILAB unveils toolkit to help businesses combat child and forced labor in global supply chains

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs today introduced Reducing Child Labor and Forced Labor: A Toolkit for Responsible Businesses, the first guide developed by the U.S. government to help businesses combat child labor and forced labor in their global supply chains.




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December 13, 2012 — ILAB-coordinated initiative helps lead to discovery of extensive violations among garment contractors in Los Angeles

A number of workers who attended Labor Rights Week events coordinated by ILAB and hosted by the Mexican consulate in Los Angeles reported what they suspected were violations of their rights on minimum wage, overtime, and record-keeping. This set in motion an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division and the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, which found serious violations of federal and state labor laws by each of 10 garment contractors inspected during a sweep of a single building in the Los Angeles Fashion District earlier this year. Division investigators found widespread violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping provisions, resulting in the recovery of more than $326,200 in back wages for 185 employees.

Labor Rights Week is held annually in the last week of August culminating on Labor Day. It consists of trainings, workshops and information-sharing events aimed at raising awareness of U.S. health, safety and wage laws enforced by the Department of Labor, and the resources available to workers and employers. These events are typically hosted by consulates, or by civic or faith-based groups in collaboration with either state, regional, district or area OSHA/WHD field offices. ILAB serves as the liaison between OSHA and the Wage and Hour Division with the ten foreign embassies with which it has entered into Joint Declarations, and coordinates all the bi-lateral relationship activities.







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November 29, 2012 — Statement by Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on tragic fire in Bangladesh

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today issued the following statement regarding the tragic fire in Bangladesh: "This past Saturday, Bangladesh suffered one of the worst industrial accidents in its history. A devastating fire swept through the Tazreen Fashion garment factory, killing more than 100 and injuring many more. I join U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Dan Mozena in extending heartfelt condolences to the people of Bangladesh and the many families who lost their loved ones.

"Just over a century ago, in March 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist factory in New York City burned to the ground, killing 146 people, mainly young women. That fire was our call to action. It galvanized support for stronger worker protections and institutions to enforce them, from workplace health and safety to workers' right to organize and bargain collectively.

"The Tazreen Fashion factory fire is a similar call to action for Bangladesh and also for the many international buyers supplied by the country's garment factories. Investigations should be conducted and the perpetrators punished, but things cannot then return to business as usual. I know that change is not easy. The U.S. Department of Labor stands ready to help, with technical assistance and expertise, to work with the government of Bangladesh to ensure that this horrific tragedy becomes a watershed moment for Bangladeshi workers' rights."




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October 10, 2012 — ILAB Funds Two New Studies on Mechanisms for Extending Labor Rights

Dr. Chris Tilly leads a team of researchers examining the role worker organizing practices play in monitoring working conditions and defending worker rights for remotely subcontracted workers (including home-based workers) in the garment and textile industry in Brazil, China, India and South Africa. Dr. Nina Pavcnik, Dr. Brian McCaig and Dr. Eric Edmonds study how trade affects workers' transition from informal-to formal-sector jobs. Their prior research links new export opportunities to growth in formal sector work in Vietnam. The current study analyzes whether formal sector growth results from workers leaving home-based enterprises for formal sector jobs or from the formalization of home-based enterprises. These research projects will culminate in papers to be available in late 2013.




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September 26, 2012 — DOL Releases New ILAB Reports on International Child Labor and Forced Labor

DOL today released three reports on child labor and/or forced labor in foreign countries. Included in the release is the 11th edition of the annual Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor, a report mandated by the Trade and Development Act of 2000 that provides information on the efforts of certain U.S. trade beneficiary countries to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The 11th edition includes assessments of each country's advancements in the elimination of the worst forms of child labor, and continues to highlight the major findings related to each government's efforts as well as provide country-specific suggestions for actions that would help combat the problems each country is facing.




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September 20, 2012 — Awareness Raising Works in West Africa

This tale of three villages in Benin — where children as young as three work in stone quarries — demonstrates the power of raising awareness in combating child labor. Here, the Department of Labor’s ECOWAS II Project educates families, businesses and communities about the hidden dangers of quarrying and lasting value of sending children to school. It also puts that education within reach for poor families.




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July 16, 2012 — ILAB Publishes its FY 2012 Solicitation for a Project to Combat Child Labor in Areas of Liberian Rubber Production

The U.S. Department of Labor's (USDOL) Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) will award up to $6 million for one or more cooperative agreement(s) to fund a technical assistance project(s) to support efforts to reduce child labor in rubber growing areas of Liberia. The project will promote improved policies to address child labor in rubber producing areas and enhanced monitoring and enforcement of such policies, with a focus on company-owned or operated rubber plantations. The project will also support the direct delivery of services to children engaged in or at-risk of various forms of child labor and their households in communities where livelihoods are largely dependent on smallholder rubber production.




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June 28, 2012 — ILAB Publishes its FY 2012 Solicitation for Cooperative Agreement Applications (SGA 12-04) for a Partnership to Reduce Child Labor and Forced Labor in Imported Agricultural Products

USDOL/ILAB announces its intent to award up to $5 million for one or more cooperative agreements to support a project to pilot test specific elements of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Guidelines for Eliminating Child and Forced Labor in Agricultural Supply Chains based on the recommendations of the Consultative Group to Eliminate the Use of Child Labor and Forced Labor in Imported Agricultural Products. The project must involve a partnership between a non-governmental organization and one or more companies. Projects funded under this solicitation must focus on efforts to reduce child labor in the supply chain of one agricultural product in one country, as well as forced labor if applicable. Applicants must propose agricultural products and geographic areas with known risks of child labor and of forced labor where applicable.




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June 28, 2012 — Secretary Solis Welcomes Foreign Dignitaries

Secretary Solis this week met with senior officials from Vietnam, Colombia and the United Kingdom. On June 25, Secretary Solis met with Madam Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, vice president of Vietnam's National Assembly, and accompanying senior officials including the labor minister, Madam Pham Thi Hai Chuyen. They discussed the importance of addressing employment challenges, Vietnam's recent labor law reform, protection for women, migrant and overseas workers, and cooperation on labor policy and technical assistance activities under the long-standing U.S.-Vietnam Labor Dialogue. On June 27, Secretary Solis met with Colombian Minister of Labor Rafael Pardo and other members of the Colombian government to discuss Colombia's recent achievements in protecting workers' rights and the challenges that remain. Secretary Solis also met Iain Duncan Smith, the UK Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, to discuss new and innovative employment policies and programs that the two countries have developed and implemented.




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June 19, 2012 — ILAB Requests Information Regarding Submission 2011—3 (Dominican Republic)

As part of its ongoing review, the Office of Trade and Labor Affairs requests information related to the Dominican Republic Submission. The Submission alleges that the Government of the Dominican Republic failed to fulfill its obligations under Chapter 16 of the CAFTA–DR (the Labor Chapter) through actions or lack thereof that denied workers in the sugar sector their rights under the laws of the Dominican Republic relating to freedom of association, the right to organize, child labor, forced labor, the right to bargain collectively, and acceptable conditions of work. Written comments are due no later than 5 p.m. July 2, 2012.




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June 11, 2012 — Migrant Worker Partnership Signing Event

Secretary Solis, the Wage and Hour Division (WHD), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will sign agreements with the Embassies of Honduras, the Philippines, Peru and Ecuador. These partnerships with other countries' embassies and consulates educate and encourage all workers and employers to report to and cooperate with DOL regional offices across the U.S. Informing all workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities helps DOL's mission to protect workplaces for the benefit of all workers. With today's signings, DOL now has agreements with ten countries.




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June 1, 2012 — International Labor Organization Releases 2012 Global Estimate of Forced Labor

Three out of every thousand people, nearly 21 million world wide, are trapped in forced labor, according to the International Labor Organization. This means they have jobs that they were coerced or deceived into taking and cannot leave. The ILO reports that the majority of victims are women and girls, roughly three quarters of are adults, and the majority are labor near their homes. The 22 percent who are victims of forced sexual exploitation are more likely to move across countries and borders. The ILO's new estimate draws on exhaustive research and a new methodology designed to capture accurate data on a crime that is often hidden and unreported. The Department of Labor funded the improved survey guidelines. U.S. Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis commended the ILO for research that will contribute to efforts to "eradicate modern slavery," and officials from Department of Labor's Bureau of International Affairs took part in a briefing to launch the new report. It is the first new ILO global estimate of forced labor since 2005.




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May 14, 2012 — Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) Implementation Act

The Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) Implementation Act requires the President to submit a biennial report to Congress on the progress made by the CAFTA-DR countries under the CAFTA-DR Labor Chapter. The President delegated this reporting function to the Secretary of Labor, to be carried out in consultation with the United States Trade Representative (USTR). This second biennial report looks at how the U.S. Government has implemented the Labor Chapter with its counterparts in the CAFTA-DR region, what those countries have done in six categories related to labor law enforcement, and the impact of U.S. technical assistance provided to help the CAFTA-DR countries achieve progress.




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May 9, 2012 — Trade Preferences and Labor Eligibility Requirements under HOPE II

The Department's Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) joined the U.S. Department of Commerce's Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) in hosting a webinar on the trade preferences available under HOPE II and the labor eligibility requirements. The ILAB portion of the webinar included a detailed explanation of the process pursuant to HOPE II for determining producer non-compliance, the current status of that process, and ongoing activities leading to the publication in mid-June of a public report required under the statute.




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May 9, 2012 — Honduran Mom Empowers the Next Generation of Workers

As Mothers' Day approaches, ILAB wanted to share the story of Isaura de Jesús Maradiaga, a 61-year old mother of eight that was trained under the ILAB Everybody Works project as a labor promoter.




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April 19, 2012 — Pointing the Way on Labor Reforms

The top labor officials from Germany and the United States agree that robust worker training programs are essential to building dynamic 21st century economies. It was one of many areas of agreement between Secretary Solis and German Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Ursula von der Leyen, during a discussion on labor reforms. The leaders also discussed the success of Germany's program that encourages companies to reduce employee hours in lieu of layoffs as a smart strategy to weather economic downturns. The Obama administration has pushed a similar work-sharing program, which is used in 24 states and the District of Columbia.




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April 4, 2012 — Reflections on Global Labor Issues by Deputy Undersecretary Sandra Polaski

This week I will be leaving my position as Deputy Undersecretary of the International Labor Affairs Bureau at the Department of Labor to become the International Labor Organization's Executive Director for Social Dialogue. I'm looking forward to the opportunity to help spearhead global efforts to improve livelihoods and strengthen rights around the world.




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March 20, 2012 — Heroes Wanted

Documentary film maker Len Morris is this year's winner of the Department of Labor's Iqbal Masih award. Morris received this honor for raising global awareness of the plight of child laborers through his films Stolen Childhoods, which explores child labor in eight countries and Rescuing Emmanuel, the story of a Kenyan street child.




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March 8, 2012 — International Women's Day: Empowering Rural Women

Each year, on March 8, we celebrate International Women's Day (IWD). The International Labor Organization's theme, "Empower Rural Women — End Hunger and Poverty," recognizes the critical role and contributions of rural women both domestically and internationally. To commemorate IWD this year, the International Labor Organization is calling for new steps to empower rural women.




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January 23, 2012 — Update on Child Labor and Cocoa

Stakeholders attending a briefing on Jan. 23 at the Department of Labor's headquarters received updates on the actions being taken to combat child labor in cocoa producing areas of Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. In opening remarks, Deputy Secretary of Labor Seth Harris thanked Senator Tom Harkin and Representative Eliot Engel for their ongoing leadership and commitment on this issue and reaffirmed the department’s commitment to combating the worst forms of child labor, including through effective monitoring and remediation programs. The meeting also included breakout sessions on a range of topics, including promoting transparency and community involvement, assessing impact, utilizing new technology, and linking livelihood and remediation and child labor reduction. The briefing marked the start of a week-long quarterly meeting, which ends Jan. 27, of a Child Labor Cocoa Coordinating Group (CLCCG) working in support of this initiative.




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December 21, 2011 — USDOL Awards $13 Million Grant for Project to Address Child Labor in Peru

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs has awarded a $13 million cooperative agreement to the non-governmental organization Desarrollo y Autogestión (DYA) for a technical assistance project that will support efforts to eliminate exploitative child labor in Peru with a focus on combating child labor in rural areas. The project will combat child labor by using an integrated approach to increase community awareness, improve children’s access to quality education and vocational training, promote sustainable livelihoods for their households, and increase beneficiaries’ access to national programs that help households overcome dependence on child labor to meet basic needs.




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December 14, 2011 — Ethiopians Fighting Against Child Exploitation (E-FACE)

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs is awarding a $10 million cooperative agreement to World Vision to combat exploitative child labor in Ethiopia that will focus primarily on child labor in rural areas and the traditional weaving industry. The project will address child labor by using an innovative, effective and integrated approach that involves increasing children's access to quality education, promoting sustainable livelihoods for children's households, and increasing beneficiaries' access to national social protection programs that help households overcome dependence on children working in order to meet basic needs.




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November 28, 2011 — ILAB Releases Research Pointing to Ways to Help Vulnerable Families in Developing Countries

For vulnerable families in developing countries, making ends meet and making a living can be conflicting imperatives. These new ILAB-sponsored papers provide innovative analyses that shed light on how to avoid or resolve the conflict. ILAB pursues policies that promote sustainable livelihoods, protect workers' ability to exercise their rights, and ensure that making ends meet and making a living are consistent and ever more obtainable goals.




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November 10, 2011 — U.S. — Vietnam Labor Dialogue

The annual U.S.-Vietnam Labor Dialogue took place on November 10 in Washington, D.C. Vietnam's Vice Minister of Labor, Mr. Pham Minh Huan, led a Vietnamese delegation and met with a U.S. delegation headed by Deputy Undersecretary Sandra Polaski to discuss the Better Work Program in Vietnam, ongoing labor law reform and technical cooperation projects to improve industrial relations. Mr. Jason Kearns, minority trade counsel on the House Committee on Ways and Means discussed the importance of addressing labor standards in the context of trade negotiations.




San Salvador, El Salvador, October 31. U.S. Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs Sandra Polaski talks to Salvadoran media after the opening ceremony of the XVII IACML Ministerial Meeting (Photo by US Embassy San Salvador/Douglas Tobar)

November 1, 2011 — XVII Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor Ministerial Meeting

Deputy Undersecretary Sandra Polaski led the U.S. delegation to the XVII Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor on October 31-November 1 in San Salvador, El Salvador. Speaking to the Conference on the subject of "Putting Jobs at the Heart of Strategies to Create a Strong, Sustainable and Balanced Economy," Ms. Polaski described the administration's jobs proposal, underscoring how the initiatives incorporate programs that have worked successfully both in the United States and in other countries. The Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor (IACML) is the labor and employment component of the Organization of American States (OAS) and is designed to promote hemispheric cooperation on labor issues.




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October 21, 2011 — President Obama signs implementing legislation for the Colombia, Panama, and South Korea Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)

To ensure that Colombia and Panama would meet the commitments of the FTA labor provisions, both made some significant improvements in their labor laws and practice. Further, the Governments of Colombia and the United States agreed upon a Colombia Action Plan Related to Labor Rights to be fulfilled before the FTA enters into force. The labor provisions in each FTA are the most advanced to date and ensure protection and enforcement workers' rights and strengthen cooperation on labor issues so that American workers will be able to compete on a level playing field. The Labor Chapters of these FTAs reaffirm the Parties' obligations to adopt and maintain in their laws and practices the five fundamental labor rights, as stated in the 1998 ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. These obligations are subject to the same dispute settlement and enforcement mechanisms as commercial obligations under the FTAs. Each of the FTAs will enter into force once the Parties exchange formal diplomatic notes affirming that they are in compliance with all the obligations of the FTA.




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October 13, 2011 — US Department of Labor announces $13 million grant competition to combat exploitative child labor in Peru

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs has announced a $13 million competitive solicitation for cooperative agreements to combat exploitative child labor in Peru, including supporting efforts to address poverty and promote social inclusion. Funded projects will target exploitative child labor in agriculture, mining and other hazardous work in Peru's Huancavelica and Huánuco regions, which have some of Peru's highest rates of poverty and work by children, and some of the country's lowest rates of primary and secondary school completion.




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October 3, 2011 — Department of Labor Issues Reports on International Child Labor and Forced Labor

Today the Department of Labor released three reports on child labor and forced labor in foreign countries. The release includes the 10th edition of the annual Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor, a report mandated by the Trade and Development Act of 2000 that provides information on the efforts of certain U.S. trade beneficiary countries to eliminate the worst forms of child labor.




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August 29, 2011 — Secretary Solis and ambassadors of the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and El Salvador sign declarations and letters of arrangements protecting the rights of migrant workers on August 29, 2011 and kicked off National Labor Rights Week.

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis signed joint declarations and letters of arrangement with Dominican Republic Ambassador Anibal de Castro, Costa Rica Ambassador Muni Figueres and El Salvador Ambassador Francisco Altschul to ensure that workers from those countries are aware of the laws protecting the rights of all workers in the United States.




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June 16, 2011 — Secretary Solis and ambassadors of Guatemala and Nicaragua sign declarations protecting migrant workers’ rights

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, Guatemalan Ambassador Francisco Villagrán De Léon and Nicaraguan Ambassador Francisco Campbell today signed declarations that will make it easier to protect the rights of Guatemalan and Nicaraguan citizens who work in the United States.




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June 10, 2011 — African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum

The United States Department of Labor's Bureau for International Labor Affairs (ILAB) will participate in the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum in Lusaka, Zambia, on June 10 and 11, 2011. Dr. Donna Chung from ILAB will participate on the panel, "Effective Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programming," at the Forum's Private Sector and Civil Society session, and speak to the critical role that labor standards play in successful CSR efforts. She will also conduct meetings with our trade partners to ensure that workers in participating AGOA countries are treated fairly and are able to share in the benefits of the global economy.




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May 22, 2011 — Secretary Solis travels to El Salvador




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February 3, 2011 — Meeting on Global Green Economy




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December 15, 2010 — DOL Releases New ILAB Reports on International Child Labor and Forced Labor




(Seated left to right): Signing the Declaration of Joint Action to Support Implementation of the Harkin-Engel Protocol are Labor Minister Emile Guirieoulou of Cote D’Ivoire, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, Labor Minister E.T. Mensah of Ghana, Director of the Washington, D.C. office of the International Labor Organization Nancy Donaldson, Congressman Eliot Engel of New York, Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa and President of the National Confectioners Association Lawrence Graham.

September 13, 2010 — Africa, Cocoa and Kids




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July 30, 2010 — Labor Consultations with Guatemala




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July 27, 2010 — Secretary Solis announces Better Work Project in Nicaragua




Secretary Solis to host G20 Labor and Employment Ministers

April 20-21st, 2010 — Secretary Solis hosts G20 Labor and Employment Ministers




Deputy Undersecretary Sandra Polaski Hosts Meeting for Representatives of the G20 Labor and Employment Ministers in Washington, D.C.

January 25-26, 2010 — Deputy Undersecretary Sandra Polaski Hosts Meeting for Representatives of the G20 Labor and Employment Ministers in Washington, D.C.




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December 18, 2009 — Department of Labor Hosts Panel of Academic and Program Experts on Transforming the "Youth Bulge" into a "Worker Bulge"

On December 18th, 2009, USG officials from the Departments of Education, Agriculture, State (including USAID) and Labor came together to hear from academic and program experts on transforming the "youth bulge" into a "worker bulge." Electronic copies of the panelists' presentations, as well as program fact sheets and articles, are available upon request from Lili Stern, stern.lili@dol.gov.




Deputy Undersecretary Sandra Polaski delivers remarks during panel discussion at the Nov. 19, 2009 “Better Work” conference in Washington, D.C.

November 19, 2009 — U.S. Department of Labor’s Sandra Polaski addresses Better Work Conference in Washington, D.C.




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October 8, 2009 — Secretary SolisLeads U.S. Delegation to Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor




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September 29, 2009 — U.S. Department of Labor’s Sandra Polaski Addresses Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Labor and Employment Ministerial in Paris




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September 28th & 29th, 2009 — ILAB Grants Awarded




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September 10, 2009 — Department of Labor Issues Reports on International Child Labor and Forced Labor




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June 10, 2009 — Department of Labor Hosts World Day Against Child Labor Roundtable




Secretary Solis joins OCFT grantees for event commemorating upcoming World Day Against Child Labor

April 22, 2009 —Secretary Solis joins OCFT grantees for event commemorating upcoming World Day Against Child Labor




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January 16, 2009 — U.S. Department of Labor’s First Annual Iqbal Masih Award for the Elimination of Child Labor Presented




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