News Releases

Thursday, October 13, 2016
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a $5 million cooperative agreement to reduce child labor in rural Zambia among adolescent girls, ages 15-17, by increasing access to quality formal and non-formal education and training. The agreement with Winrock International will provide direct educational assistance to 2,500 adolescent girls engaged in or at high risk of entering child labor. The four year EMPOWER project will also promote peer support, business and social networks for ad
Thursday, October 06, 2016
Opportunity Title: Global Project to Promote Private Sector Investment in Workplace-Based Training Programs for Vulnerable Youth Amount approved/awarded: $1,400,000 Funding awarded to: Global Apprenticeships Network Purpose: To strengthen country-level business networks in support of apprenticeships for vulnerable youth Background: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs has awarded a $1.4 mill
Wednesday, October 05, 2016
The US Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs has awarded a $1 million agreement to JBS International to develop and implement a monitoring and evaluation toolkit for grantees of ILAB’s Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor and Human Trafficking (OCFT) and to help build OCFT capacity to better measure, target, monitor, and evaluate project interventions. The project will address interventions related to issues of: occupational safety and health, forced labor, youth employment, labor-related technical and institutional capacity-building, gender and diversity, per
Friday, September 30, 2016
WASHINGTON – ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Miguel Hernandez is 12 years old and already an experienced miner. Instead of going to school, he has worked for years –11 hours a day – extracting precious gems in the mines of Bolivia. Across the ocean, Salay Ry has spent years laying bricks in Cambodia to help repay a family debt. At 13 years old, his education takes a back seat to his family’s subsistence. These stories of child exploitation are far too common, and two reports released today seek to bring greater awareness and attention to the problem. [[{"fid":"55
Thursday, September 08, 2016
ILAB has awarded a $680,000 sole source cooperative agreement to the University of Texas School of Public Health (UTSPH) to fund nationally representative surveys on the prevalence, nature, and possible effects of working conditions and health issues – including work-related violence – in six countries in Central America. As part of the “Second Working Conditions and Health Survey in Central America”, co-funded by ILAB and the department’s Chief Evaluation Office, researchers will survey men and women working in the formal and
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