January 30, 2023

US Department of Labor, Trade Representative again request Mexico review alleged labor rights denial at Piedras Negras auto parts plant

WASHINGTON – The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s Interagency Labor Committee for Monitoring and Enforcement today requested that the government of Mexico conduct another review at the VU Manufacturing parts facility in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, in response to an allegation the facility continues to deny workers’ rights.

January 24, 2023

US Department of Labor awards $10M in funding to support stronger state labor courts, promote worker rights, protections in Mexico

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of a $10 million cooperative agreement to The Ergo Group to provide assistance to state labor courts in Mexico in protecting worker rights as part of the country’s 2019 labor law reform.

January 18, 2023

US, Mexico sign memorandum to protect temporary foreign workers

WASHINGTON – The governments of the U.S. and Mexico signed a memorandum of understanding on Jan. 17, 2023, to strengthen protections for workers participating in temporary foreign worker programs.

December 28, 2022

US Department of Labor awards $3M grant to support sugarcane workers in Dominican Republic

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of a $3 million cooperative agreement project to Impactt Limited to increase the capacity of field workers and their families to advocate and organize for the improvement of working and living conditions in the Dominican Republic sugar industry.

December 8, 2022

US Department of Labor awards $5M to help fight workplace discrimination, harassment; empower working women in Nigeria, Liberia

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of a $5 million cooperative agreement to the Solidarity Center to elevate women’s participation in the workplace, particularly those among underserved groups or populations in the West African nations of Liberia and Nigeria.

December 8, 2022

Secretary Walsh announces new partners, action plan, support for international worker voice initiative

WASHINGTON Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh today announced that Argentina, Canada, Germany, South Africa and Spain have joined the Multilateral Partnership for Organizing, Worker Empowerment and Rights initiative and that the effort has established a new action plan and that the U.S. has exceeded its 2021 pledge of support. The M-POWER initiative remains the largest U.S. government commitment to advance worker empowerment and support trade union rights in the global economy.

December 5, 2022

Statement by US Deputy Undersecretary Lee on State Department’s appointment of special representative for international labor affairs

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor’s Deputy Undersecretary for International Labor Affairs Thea Lee issued the following statement on the Department of State’s appointment of Kelly Marie Fay Rodriguez as Special Representative for International Labor Affairs: 

December 5, 2022

US Department of Labor joins US Trade Representative, European Commission to host first principals’ meeting of the US-EU Trade and Labor Dialogue

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the European Commission today led the inaugural principals’ meeting of the U.S. and European Union tripartite Trade and Labor Dialogue.

December 1, 2022

READOUT: Deputy Undersecretary Lee visits Colombia, engages with new Petro administration leaders on labor compliance under trade agreement

WASHINGTON – Deputy Undersecretary of Labor for International Affairs Thea Lee visited Colombia from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1 to promote workers’ rights and protections, and to meet with Colombia’s labor and trade officials in the new Gustavo Petro administration and discuss progress on labor commitments under the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement.

November 29, 2022

US Department of Labor announces $12M cooperative agreement to strengthen labor rights, empower workers in Brazil, Colombia, Peru

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of a $12 million cooperative agreement to the American Center for International Labor Solidarity to strengthen democratic, independent workers’ organizations in Brazil, Colombia and Peru.

November 22, 2022

READOUT: Deputy Undersecretary of Labor Thea Lee visits Vietnam to resume labor dialogue; promote labor law reform, worker protections

WASHINGTON – Deputy Undersecretary of Labor for International Affairs Thea Lee visited Vietnam from Nov. 15 through 17, 2022, to resume a dialogue on labor issues that began in 2002.

November 2, 2022

READOUT: Deputy Undersecretary Lee visits Jordan to meet labor officials, stakeholders; reflects on country’s 20 years of labor rights advances

WASHINGTON In the first visit to Jordan by a senior U.S. Department of Labor official in more than two decades, Deputy Undersecretary of Labor for International Affairs Thea Lee met with government officials, and labor union and business leaders for discussions on how the two nations can cooperatively help strengthen workers’ rights in the Middle East kingdom.

October 4, 2022

US Department of Labor awards $2M grant to help improve labor conditions, prevent forced, child labor in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of a $2 million cooperative agreement to support the improvement of labor conditions and prevent forced labor and child labor in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry.

September 28, 2022

US Department of Labor announces new reports, tools in global effort to end child, forced labor

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor has announced updated and new tools designed to eliminate child and forced labor worldwide by detailing the scope and potential sources of the problems, and providing guidance to those combating them.

September 20, 2022

READOUT: US Department of Labor, US Trade Representative host trans-Atlantic trade, labor dialogue with union, business leaders

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative today participated in the first meeting of the trans-Atlantic tripartite Trade and Labor Dialogue.

Launched under the U.S.-European Union Trade and Technology Council, the dialogue allows participants to engage on trans-Atlantic trade and labor issues with government, labor and business stakeholders in the U.S. and Europe.

September 19, 2022

US Department of Labor awards $3M to support project to improve working conditions in Bangladesh, focused on labor rights abuses in three cities

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $3 million to the American Center for International Labor Solidarity for a project to improve working conditions and labor rights standards in Bangladesh’s ready-made garments, tea, shrimp farming and construction industries.

September 14, 2022

Secretary of Labor, US Trade Representative support protection of labor rights at Mexico’s Manufacturas VU auto parts facility

WASHINGTON – The U.S. and Mexico today announced that, in response to a petition provided in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, the Mexican government took actions to ensure a free and fair election to choose union representation for workers at the Manufacturas VU Auto Components facility in Piedras Negras, State of Coahuila.

September 13, 2022

US Department of Labor report finds Dominican Republic’s sugar industry workers face unsafe, unfair working conditions; enforcement challenges

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor today announced publication of its seventh report detailing ongoing concerns about egregious working conditions and labor law enforcement challenges in the Dominican Republic’s sugar industry.