Division of Trade Agreement Administration and Technical Cooperation (TAATC)
The Division of Trade Agreement Administration and Technical Cooperation (TAATC) administers the labor provisions of U.S. free trade agreements (FTAs) and provides technical assistance to improve labor conditions and respect for workers' rights internationally.
Trade Agreement Administration
TAATC administers several functions related to the labor provisions of U.S. free trade agreements. TAATC communicates and cooperates with labor ministries and international organizations, assesses labor problems, makes suggestions, and provides assistance to help strengthen labor standards. TAATC also reviews complaints, known as submissions, alleging that a trading partner has violated the conditions required by the labor chapter of a free trade agreement. TAATC is the designated contact point within the Office of Trade and Labor Affairs for labor matters under each of the free trade agreements.
TAATC works with other governments and international organizations to identify assistance that countries may require to improve the labor conditions of their workers. TAATC currently has over 25 active technical cooperation projects across the globe that provide approximately $76 million in technical assistance to improve worker rights, livelihoods and labor law compliance. Since 1995, TAATC has developed programs in more than 72 countries addressing a wide range of labor issues.