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Hard hatUSTR's Office of Labor Affairs negotiates and implements labor provisions of bilateral, regional, and multilateral trade agreements.

The office evaluates adherence to worker rights provisions of trade preference programs (GSP, ATPDEA, AGOA, CBI). The office leads the effort to develop positions and build international consensus on trade and labor issues in regional and multilateral fora, including the International Labor Organization (ILO), World Trade Organization (WTO), Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Inter-American Council of Ministers of Labor, and Summit of the Americas.

The office works interagency in developing capacity building initiatives to support adherence to international labor standards by trading partners.


Labor Subcommittee under the US-Jordan Free Trade Agreement

The governments of the United States and Jordan convened the Labor Subcommittee under the United States-Jordan Free Trade Agreement to promote labor rights and enhance technical cooperation on labor matters, such as respect for labor rights and improving working and living conditions for foreign workers in Jordan’s growing garment sector. In 2013, the United States and Jordan signed a Labor Implementation Plan and continue to work together to improve labor conditions in Jordan’s garment industry.

Learn more here.

To view the U.S.-Jordan Labor Committee Joint Statement, please click here.

New Report on the Colombian Labor Action Plan

In addition to the strong labor commitments in the United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement, President Obama insisted that the Colombian government address a number of serious labor concerns. In April 2011, the United States and Colombia announced the Colombian Action Plan Related to Labor Rights, which includes concrete steps to improve labor protections. Since then, the Government of Colombia has made meaningful progress under the plan, but important work remains. 

Read the report here.

Read more on the Colombian Labor Action Plan here