News Releases

Monday, July 25, 2016
On Tuesday, July 19 at the United Nations in New York City, Associate Deputy Undersecretary for International Labor Affairs Eric Biel spoke to a multi-stakeholder gathering about “understanding the complexities and vulnerabilities of global supply chains.”  Consumers, producers, governments, and civ
Friday, July 08, 2016
WASHINGTON – A report released today under the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation by the U.S. Department of Labor responds to a submission filed by U.S. and Mexican labor unions and worker advocacy groups that alleges that the Mexican government has failed to meet its obligations under the NAALC with respect to a large chain of Mexican retail stores. Filed with the department’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs by the United Food & Commercial
Wednesday, July 06, 2016
The U.S. Department of Labor will provide $1 million in assistance for an International Labor Organization program, which will contribute to improvements in the government of Georgia’s ability to enforce labor legislation. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced the program at a plenary meeting of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission, which he co-chaired with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili. Specifically, the program will assist Georgia with further changes to its labor law, efforts to harmonize labor law with other legislation, and the development of implemen
Friday, July 01, 2016
In the context of the 2016 North American Leaders Summit, the OECD this week released a report, “The State of the North American Labor Market”, which was developed in collaboration with DOL and the governments of Canada and Mexico. The report finds that despite their differences in economic and social contexts, as well as in institutional set-ups, North American labor markets exhibit some common strengths, including a relatively high level of adaptability and low levels of unemployment overall. However, the report argues they also face a number of common, longterm challenges – such as persi
Thursday, May 12, 2016
WASHINGTON – The European Commission and the U.S. Department of Labor compared practices and policies used to fight against long-term unemployment at a roundtable discussion in Washington on May 11, 2016. U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor Christopher P. Lu hosted the event and was joined by Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, who headed a delegation of representatives o
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
The Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), U.S. Department of Labor, announces the availability of approximately $1,000,000 total costs for one or more cooperative agreements to fund a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) technical assistance project. The objective of the project is to increase the ability of ILAB’s recipients to improve labor rights and working conditions abroad by developing an M&E Toolkit for a growing and diversifying portfolio of child labor and forced labor interventions. This toolkit will assist recipients to better measure, target, monitor, and evaluate sp
Friday, March 18, 2016
WASHINGTON – A report released today under the labor chapter of the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement by the U.S. Department of Labor raises significant concerns regarding the right to freedom of association in Peru’s non-traditional export sectors, which include exports of textiles, apparel and certain agricultural products.  The report also raises questions regarding
Monday, February 22, 2016
WASHINGTON – In the nipa groves that line the Philippine shore, families spend harrowing days in a desperate search for gold. Children crouch in the mud, separating gold from sediment. Meanwhile, their older siblings and parents dive deep into the marsh. Spending hours below the surface, seeking tiny flecks of the precious metal in cloudy water, drawing breath from makeshift tubes connected to small compressors. Children like Jonathon Ramorez use toxic mercury to amalgamate the gold. In a small plastic bag, he carries the mercury he needs, which he will pour over the gold a
Thursday, February 11, 2016
WASHINGTON – The Bureau of International Labor Affairs' new mobile application, “Sweat & Toil: Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking Around the World,” is now available to download for devices using the Android operation system from Google Play.
Wednesday, December 09, 2015
WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez and Honduran Minister of Labor Carlos Madero have signed an historic agreement on labor rights that underscores their governments' shared commitment to making trade work for workers. The agreement supports a comprehensive monitoring and action plan that addresses gaps in enforcement of Honduran labor law outlined in a February 2015 report from the Bureau of International Labor Affairs