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Ambassador Kirk and Secretary Solis Update Labor Committee on Trade Initiatives

Yesterday, Ambassador Ron Kirk joined Labor Secretary Hilda Solis to co-host the Labor Advisory Committee for Trade Negotiations and Trade Policy (LAC). The meeting, which was held at the U.S. Department of Labor’s DC headquarters, was attended by committee members from various organized labor organizations ranging from Machinist and Musicians to Pilots and Electrical Workers.

During the meeting, Ambassador Kirk spoke about the pending trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia, which – if passed – will create jobs and grow America’s economy. He also answered questions about details related to the agreements including Trade Adjustment Assistance, the Work Action Plan Related to Labor and the Generalized System of Preferences. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis discussed labor enforcement issues and answered questions from the LAC members.

The LAC advises, consults with, and makes 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.