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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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 13 free trade agreements (FTAs) that contain labor provisions with different degrees of enforceability. 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. This report does not address other labor issues in the various free trade agreements, including cooperative consultation provisions.

Date of Report: January 31, 2013
Number of Pages: 9
Order Number: RS22823
Price: $19.95

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