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Labor

Securing labor rights through monitoring and enforcement of trade agreements: USTR’s Labor Office monitors adherence to labor rights provisions of existing bilateral and regional trade agreements and holds countries accountable for upholding their labor commitments. Learn more about USTR's monitoring and enforcement actions, here.

Public submission process under trade agreements:  USTR works with the Department of Labor to review public submissions filed under free trade agreements and to engage governments in an effort to address concerns raised through the submission process. Learn more about the submission process and current submissions, here.

Upholding worker rights in trade preference program countries USTR monitors and enforces countries’ adherence to worker rights criteria under trade preference programs, including Generalized System of Preference (GSP), African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI), and Haiti HOPE.  

Promoting Trade and Labor around the Globe:  Leading the effort to develop positions and build international consensus on trade and labor issues in regional and bilateral and multilateral fora.  Read more about the fundamental labor rights of the International Labor Organization (ILO), here.

Promoting Public Participation:  Alongside the U.S. Department of Labor, USTR co-chairs the Labor Advisory Committee for Trade Negotiations and Trade Policy (LAC).  The LAC is comprised of members of the U.S. labor community and advises, consults with, and makes recommendations to the United States Trade Representative and the Secretary of Labor, on general trade and labor policy matters, including the negotiation and implementation of trade agreements. 

USTR launches Burma Labor Initiative

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. In October 2014, the United States, along with Burma (Myanmar), Japan, Denmark, and the International Labor Organization (ILO), launched a new Initiative to Promote Fundamental Labor Rights and Practices in Myanmar.  The Initiative will help modernize Burma’s labor code, improve compliance with international labor standards, and foster a robust dialogue between the government, business, labor and civil society.   

Learn More:

Joint Statement

Fact Sheet: New Initiative to Improve Labor Rights in Burma

USTR Fact Sheet: New Initiative to Improve Labor Rights in Burma