The Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs plays the lead U.S. government role in representing the United States at the International Labor Organization (ILO). The United States is represented at meetings of the ILO Governing Body and the annual International Labor Conference by government officials and representatives of the U.S. labor and business communities. The Secretary of Labor chairs the tripartite President's Committee on the International Labor Organization (PC/ILO), which was set up to consider all matters relating to United States participation in the ILO.
Through its work to foster employment creation, promote fundamental principles and rights at work and improve working conditions and incomes around the world, the ILO helps ensure that workers everywhere enjoy the benefits of globalization. The ILO's tripartite structure is unique among UN specialized agencies, allowing employers and workers to have an equal voice with governments.
June 8, 2016: Remarks by Associate Deputy Undersecretary Eric Biel at the 105th Session of the International Labor Conference, Geneva, Switzerland