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Ambassador Kirk Hosts Labor Advisory Committee Meeting with Secretary Solis

Today Ambassador Kirk and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis hosted their second meeting with the Labor Advisory Committee at the Department of Labor.

In attendance were presidents and representatives from 12 unions that represent America's service industry, steelworkers, musicians, teamsters, and other workers.

Both Ambassador Kirk and Secretary Solis stressed the importance of the partnership between the Obama Administration and labor organizations.

Ambassador Kirk spoke about the President's National Export Initiative and the Obama administration's commitment to support 2 million additional jobs through increased exports in manufacturing and other sectors. He said that USTR would continue working to open new markets for America's businesses and products and continue its commitment to strong enforcement of existing trade agreements.

Ambassador Kirk wrapped up his comments at the hour-long meeting by saying that to continue emerging from the economic crisis, the United States must address healthcare reform, invest in education, create green technology jobs and protect American intellectual property through efforts such as the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.