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U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia Joins Special G20 Meeting on COVID-19

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia participated in a virtual meeting of the G20 Labor and Employment Ministers to discuss the G20 members’ labor and employment response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Secretary Scalia emphasized the swift response of President Trump to the hardships faced by American workers, as well as the Administration’s actions to lay the groundwork for an economic rebound once the virus is turned back. Secretary Scalia added: “As we look forward, following this period of exceptional and essential government intervention, we in the States will bear in mind also the policies underlying the robust economy we have recently enjoyed. Those were policies that recognized the value of free markets and free people.”

Access Secretary Scalia’s prepared remarks here.

The group will meet again later this year to monitor progress and consider additional actions and commitments to aid the recovery of G20 labor markets and sustain progress toward common G20 goals.

The mission of the department’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) is to promote a fair global playing field for workers in the U.S. and around the world by enforcing trade commitments, strengthening labor standards, and combating international child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking. For more information about the Department’s work on these issues, visit

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

Office of the Secretary
April 24, 2020
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Media Contact: Department of Labor National Contact Center
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