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Workers' Rights

Respect for workers' rights helps ensure equal opportunities for all women and men to obtain decent and productive work, in conditions of freedom, equity, security, and dignity.  However, there is no single definition or definitive list of workers' rights.  Read More

Our Role

  • We represent the U.S. government before the International Labor Organization and participate in international and regional fora that address workers' rights issues, such as the G-20, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Inter-American Conference of Ministries of Labor, and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.
  • We are involved in the development and implementation of U.S. policy related to workers' rights issues in multilateral and bilateral trade and investment agreements.
  • We monitor worker's rights-related provisions of free trade agreements and receive complaints or "submissions" alleging that those provisions have been violated.
  • We work with other governments to promote collaboration on workers' rights issues.
  • We support technical assistance projects that help strengthen respect for workers' rights.
  • We conduct research and publish reports on workers' rights, including child labor and forced labor.