USTR - Fact Sheet,36/10en-usFACT SHEET: New Initiative to Improve Labor Rights in BurmaThe United States, Japan, Denmark and the International Labor Organization announced a new Labor Initiative today with Burma to Improve Protection of Fundamental Labor Rights and Practices Protecting labor rights is at the top of President Obama’s trade agenda and the Administration is working with Burma and the international community to develop new tools to help Burma improve fundamental labor rights and set a strong foundation for sustainable growth and development. Up for Workers: Ensuring that the Benefits of Trade are Broadly-SharedProtection of worker rights is one of the highest priorities of the Obama Administration’s trade agenda.  From bringing the first-ever labor case under a free trade agreement, to working with Burma on a new labor rights initiative, to developing roadmaps to address serious worker rights concerns in Bangladesh and Swaziland, to negotiating the highest-ever labor standards with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) countries, which represent nearly two-thirds of the global economy, the Obama Administration is taking unprecedented st SHEET: The Second Anniversary of the U.S.-Colombia Trade AgreementTwo years after the United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement went into force on May 15, 2012, the agreement continues to make good on its promise of supporting the growth of American jobs; increasing U.S. exports for manufacturers, farmers and ranchers; and enhancing U.S. competitiveness. SHEET: Values Driving U.S. Trade PolicyThe Obama Administration is committed to a trade policy that provides new opportunities for workers and that supports economic growth by opening markets, enforcing our agreements, and leveling the playing field for our workers.  The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP), and other negotiations offer new opportunities to advance this agenda, consistent with American interests and American values, including putting labor and environmental protections at the core of trade policy and protecting and promoting innovation. Sheet: Guatemala Agrees to Comprehensive Labor Enforcement Plan04/11/2013FACT SHEET: GUATEMALA AGREES TO COMPREHENSIVE LABOR ENFORCEMENT PLANThe United States and Guatemala have agreed to an ambitious and comprehensive enforcement plan that includes significant, concrete actions that the Guatemalan government will implement within specified time frames to improve enforcement of labor laws. Below are some of the key actions contained in the plan. SHEET: Historic Progress on Labor Rights in ColombiaApril 15, 2012 Labor Rights Advances in ColombiaThere are ever more signs of progress in advancing labor rights in Colombia. Some stem from the Colombian government’s implementation of the Action Plan Related to Labor Rights. Others are steps the Santos Administration has taken beyond the Action Plan, demonstrating the depth of its commitment to promoting labor rights and fostering social justice. Still others show the rule of law at work to the benefit of labor rights in Colombia.PRIVATE SECTOR/STAKEHOLDER DEVELOPMENTS Action Plan Related to Labor Rights: Accomplishments to DateOn April 7, 2011, the U.S. and Colombian Governments announced an Action Plan in which the Colombian Government committed to a series of measures in defined time frames to improve the protection of internationally recognized labor rights, the prevention of violence against labor leaders, and the prosecution of the perpetrators of such violence. The U.S. Government has confirmed that the Colombian Government has taken the steps slated for completion to date, further building on work done during the initial phases of the Action Plan. These include the following actions: in the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement: Protecting And Enhancing Labor RightsThe Agreement sets high standards for protecting workers’ rights. The Agreement includes obligations for Panama to protect fundamental labor rights as well as to effectively enforce existing labor laws, which will enable American workers and businesses to compete on a level playing field. The Agreement contains groundbreaking labor protections that were first outlined on May 10, 2007, in a bipartisan, Congressional-Executive agreement to incorporate high labor standards into America’s trade agreements. Labor Capacity BuildingIn support of the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), the US Government committed over $142 million in funds from FY2005 - FY2010 for labor capacity building in the CAFTA-DR countries. Funds have been dedicated to labor capacity building programs focused on strengthening labor ministries and courts, promoting an overall culture of compliance, and removing or preventing children from exploitive child labor.