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Labor Advisory Committee (LAC)




The Committee's objectives and the scope of its activity:

To provide information and advice with respect to negotiating objectives and bargaining positions before the U.S. enters into a trade agreement with a foreign country or countries, with respect to the operation of any trade agreement once entered into, and with respect to other matters arising in connection with the development, implementation, and administration of the trade policy of the United States, including those matters referred to in the Reorganization Plan Number 3 of 1979 and Executive Order No. 12188, and the priorities for actions thereunder.

The Agency (Agencies) responsible for providing the necessary administrative support for the Committee:

The Bureau of International Labor Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor is delegated this responsibility by Secretary of Labor Order 1-82, March 9, 1992. The United States Trade Representative, the Secretary of Labor, or their designated agents, and representatives from other govenrmental departments, as appropriate, shall provide such additional staff information, personnel, administrative service and assistance to the Advisory Committee as the Committee may reasonably require to fulfill its purpose and to carry out its activities. Except as otherwise provided in this charter, the Secretary of Labor shall be responsible for all notice filings and other applicable statutory requirements as set forth in the Federal Advisory Committee Act, with the exceptions set forth in the Trade Act of 1974, as amended.

A description of the duties for which the Committee is responsible:

To advise, consult with, and make recommendations to the Secretary of Labor and the United States Trade Representative jointly, on issues and general policy matters concerning labor and trade negotiations, operation of any trade agreement once entered into, and other matters arising in connection with the administration of the trade policy of the United States.

To provide reports on trade agreements to the President, the Congress, and the Office of the United States Trade Representative at the conclusion of negotiations for each trade agreement.

Labor Advisory Committee Members
Member NameOrganization
Clayola BrownNational President, A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI)
Thomas BuffenbargerInternational President, International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAM)
Jim ClarkPresident, International Union of Electronic, Salaried, Machine and Furniture Workers (IUE)
Leo GerardInternational President, United Steelworkers (USW)
Raymond Hair

President, American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM), AFL-CIO/CLC

Joseph T. HansenPresident, United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW)
Mary Kay HenryInternational President, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Ed HillInternational President, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
James P. HoffaGeneral President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT)
Gregory JunemannInternational President, International Federation of Professional & Technical Engineers (IFPTE)
Robert KingPresident, United Automobile, Aerospace & Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW)
Richard KlinePresident,Union Label & Service Trades Department, AFL-CIO
Lee MoakPresident, International Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), AFL-CIO
Jorge RamirezPresident, Chicago Federation of Labor
Roberta ReardonPresident, American Federation of Televison and Radio Artists (AFTRA)
Cecil E. Roberts, Jr.President, United Mineworkers of America (UMWA)
Arturo Rodriguez
President, United Farm Workers of America (UFW)
Veda ShookInternational President, Association of Flight Atendants (CWA)
John Sweeney
President Emeritus, American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
Richard TrumkaPresident, American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
Baldemar VelasquezPresident, Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC)
Randi WeingartenPresident, American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
Edward WytkindPresident, Transportation and Trades Department, AFL-CIO