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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Overview of Labor Enforcement Issues in Free Trade Agreements

Mary Jane Bolle
Specialist in International Trade and Finance

Since 1993, the Administration has negotiated and Congress has approved 10 Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) that contain labor provisions with different degrees of enforceability. Three more (with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea) await congressional consideration. This report identifies two types of labor enforcement issues: (1) those that relate to the FTA provisions themselves, including their definitions and their enforceability, and (2) those that relate to executive branch responsibilities, such as resource availability and determining dispute settlement case priorities.

Date of Report: January 7, 2011
Number of Pages: 9
Order Number: RS22823
Price: $19.95

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