Strong Labor Commitments under the Agreement
• To adopt and maintain in domestic law the five fundamental labor rights as stated in the 1998 International Labor Organization (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. These rights are:
o Freedom of association – the right to form and join a union;
o Collective bargaining – the right for workers to negotiate better conditions together;
On October 7, United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk traveled to Fort Worth and Dallas, Texas where he discussed how the American Jobs Act will support thousands of Texas jobs.
On Friday, September 30, United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk traveled to Philadelphia where he and Mayor Michael Nutter met with local business leaders and workers to discuss how the American Jobs Act will put more Pennsylvanians back to work. In the morning, they toured and held a press conference at Superfit, Inc., a jewelry manufacturer that recently relocated to Philadelphia.
Benefits of the U.S.-South Korea Trade Agreement to the Processed Food and Wine/Spirits/Beers Industries
The U.S.- Korea trade agreement provides important new market access for U.S. processed food products, including baby foods, sauces and condiments, soups, breads, cakes, pastries, cookies, chocolate, breakfast cereals, pet foods and peanut butter. The agreement will also further open South Korea’s market for U.S. wine, spirits and beer.
On Friday, September 9, United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk traveled to Chicago, Illinois to attend a reception with delegates and stakeholders at the eighth round of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. Ambassador Kirk and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel made brief welcoming remarks to reception attendees.
On Thursday, August 18, United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk traveled to Sacramento to discuss how the pending trade agreements with South Korea, Panama, and Colombia will benefit California’s businesses and farms. Additionally, he discussed the need to renew Trade Adjustment Assistance for California workers and expired trade preference programs.
On Tuesday, August 17, United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk traveled to San Francisco, California to discuss how the pending trade agreements with South Korea, Panama, and Colombia benefit Bay Area small businesses, manufacturers, and service providers.
In San Francisco, Ambassador Kirk toured Gensler, an architecture consulting firm. Following the meeting, he met with executives of Gensler. In the afternoon, Ambassador Kirk hosted a White House Business Roundtable event with Mayor Edwin Lee and local business leaders.
On Tuesday, August 16, United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk traveled to Los Angeles, California to meet with local business leaders. He discussed the benefits of the South Korea, Panama, and Colombia trade agreements for businesses and workers.
During the trip, he toured the Port of Los Angeles and hosted a roundtable of Hispanic business leaders at the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.
On Monday, August 15, United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk traveled to El Paso to deliver the keynote address at the 8th Annual Border Security Conference co-hosted by Congressman Silvestre Reyes and the University of Texas at El Paso.