June 17, 2022

Forced Labor Enforcement Task Force issues strategy to prevent importation of goods made with forced labor in the People’s Republic of China

WASHINGTON – The Forced Labor Enforcement Task Force, which includes the U.S. Department of Labor as a member, today issued the “Strategy to Prevent Importation of Goods Mined, Produced, or Manufactured with Forced Labor in the People’s Republic of China,” as required by the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act.

June 10, 2022

Statement by Secretary Walsh on the International Labor Organization’s recognition of occupational safety, health as a fundamental right

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh issued the following statement after the International Labor Organization today recognized occupational safety and health as a Fundamental Principle and Right at Work:

“The U.S. Department of Labor commends the International Labor Organization for recognizing for the first time the right to a safe and healthy working environment in the framework of the ILO’s Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work at the 2022 International Labor Conference.

June 10, 2022

US Department of Labor issues ‘Fair Recruitment Guidance’ as part of multi-agency effort to promote ethical recruitment of temporary migrant workers

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Departments of Labor and State, and the U.S. Agency for International Development today issued “Guidance on Fair Recruitment Practices for Temporary Migrant Workers,” with principles and guidelines on preventing abuse of prospective workers.

June 10, 2022

El Departamento de Trabajo de los Estados Unidos emite una “Guía de Reclutamiento Justo” como parte del esfuerzo de múltiples agencias para promover el reclutamiento ético de trabajadores migrantes temporales

WASHINGTON – El Departamento de Trabajo y el Departamento de Estado y la Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional emitieron hoy la “Guía sobre prácticas justas de reclutamiento para trabajadores migrantes temporales,” con principios y directrices sobre la prevención del abuso de trabajadores.

May 31, 2022

US Department of Labor awards $2.5M grant to counter forced labor, human trafficking, other abuses in Southeast Asia’s fishing industries

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of a $2.5 million grant to Development Alternatives Inc. to improve working conditions in Southeast Asia by countering forced labor and abusive working conditions in fishing.

May 23, 2022

US government issues business advisory to alert companies, individuals of risks of business with Sudan’s state-owned enterprises, military-controlled companies

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today issued a Business Advisory on Sudan to highlight the growing reputational risks to American businesses and individuals conducting business with Sudanese state-owned enterprises and military-controlled companies. The departments of the Treasury, State and Commerce collaborated in issuing the advisory.

May 20, 2022

US Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh to highlight good jobs, worker protections, responsible supply chains with labor ministers in Germany

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh will participate in the Group of 7 Labor and Employment Ministers’ Meeting on May 24 in Wolfsburg, Germany. The G-7 is the premier forum for its democratic, industrial member countries to coordinate economic and security policies.

May 19, 2022

US Labor Department, US Trade Representative will participate in trans-Atlantic tripartite Trade and Labor Dialogue with unions, businesses

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will participate in the trans-Atlantic tripartite Trade and Labor Dialogue, which was announced at the U.S.-European Union Trade and Technology Council Ministerial meeting in Paris on May 15-16, 2022. The dialogue will join trade unions, businesses and governments in the U.S. and Europe to discuss trade and labor issues.

May 18, 2022

Committee co-chaired by US Labor Department, US Trade Representative requests Mexico review alleged labor rights denial at Reynosa parts plant

WASHINGTON The Interagency Labor Committee for Monitoring and Enforcement of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement today requested that the Mexican government conduct a review at the Panasonic Automotive Systems electronic parts facility in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, in response to a petition filed under the USMCA alleging that plant workers there have been denied the rights of free association and collective bargaining.

May 12, 2022

READOUT: Labor Department’s Deputy Undersecretary Lee, Vietnamese Minister Dung confirm future labor dialogue

WASHINGTON On May 11, 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs Thea Lee met with Vietnam’s Minister for Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs Đào Ngọc Dung to discuss labor issues of mutual interest.

May 10, 2022

US Department of Labor renews workplace rights partnerships with El Salvadorean, Guatemalan, Honduran governments

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today renewed partnerships with the governments of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to strengthen collaboration with their U.S. embassies and consulates, and to provide information about laws governing workplace safety and health, wages and work hours, and other employment issues individuals from these countries face while working in the U.S.

April 4, 2022

CORRECTED: US Deputy Secretary of Labor visits Mexico to discuss worker rights, ending child, forced labor; announces $28M in investments to support projects

MEXICO CITYDuring an official visit to Mexico, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor Julie Su today announced new investments by the department to support strengthening workers’ rights, promoting freedom of association, the right to bargain collectively, and the elimination of child and forced labor.

March 7, 2022

Readout: Deputy Undersecretary Lee visits Democratic Republic of Congo, meets officials to discuss mining industry labor rights

WASHINGTON – In the first visit by a high-level U.S. Department of Labor official to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in nearly 20 years, Deputy Undersecretary of Labor for International Affairs Thea Lee met from Feb. 28 to March 2 with the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s President Felix Tshisekedi, other high-ranking officials and with union leaders, business executives, members of Parliament and others, to discuss strengthening and enforcing workers’ rights, especially in the minerals sector.

March 1, 2022

Secretary Walsh, US Trade Representative Katherine Tai issue statements on Tridonex workers’ union selection vote in Matamoros, Mexico

WASHINGTON Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai released statements today following yesterday’s vote at the Tridonex auto parts facility in Matamoros, Mexico, when workers voted to choose which union will have the right to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement on their behalf. 

February 25, 2022

US Department of Labor announces $12M funding opportunity to support improved enforcement of Mexico’s labor laws

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of up to $12 million in funding to empower federal and state labor inspectors in Mexico to improve enforcement of the country’s landmark 2019 labor law reform in five states, with a focus on Northern States.

February 16, 2022

US Department of Labor awards $4.5M grant to combat child labor in mica mining in Madagascar

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of a $4.5 million cooperative agreement with Pact Inc., an international nonprofit organization, to combat child labor in mica-producing communities in Madagascar.