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ILAB’s Futuros Brillantes project is one of several DOL projects designed to root out child labor from coffee supply chains.
ILAB’s Futuros Brillantes project is one of several DOL projects designed to root out child labor from coffee supply chains. Credit: Israel Carcamo for World Vision 

Today, 152 million children are exploited worldwide through the deplorable practice of child labor. Children as young as 4 years old are forced to scrub factory floors, fold garments in over-crowded textile mills, pick crops under the hot sun, and work other jobs unsuitable for their age or development.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) is working across the Administration and with stakeholders to advance efforts to end child labor.

As we observe World Day Against Child Labor, one important project to highlight ILAB’s work is coffee production. ILAB’s List of Goods, which identifies supply chains that violate international labor standards, found that 16 countries use child labor in the coffee production process. To end this abhorrent practice, we are working with partners to build coalitions of coffee buyers that support supply chains free of abusive child labor practices. In other countries, we are working with business associations to provide resources to families so that adults can support their families while children pursue an education.

One important part of the Trump Administration’s trade agenda is ensuring that trading partners do not profit from the use of child labor. When other countries fail to uphold their commitments on this issue, it is morally wrong and it harms American job creators and workers.

On World Day Against Child Labor, I hope you will join me in renewing our national commitment to ending child labor for good.

Martha Newton is the Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs at the Bureau of International Labor Affairs.

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Statement of US Labor Secretary Perez on July employment numbers

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Statement of US Labor Secretary Perez on July employment numbers

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez issued the following statement about the July 2016 Employment Situation report released today:

“With the addition of 255,000 jobs in July, American businesses have created a total of 15 million jobs since February 2010. This month’s report confirms that the Great Recession is indeed in the nation’s rearview mirror – the economy has added jobs for 70 consecutive months, the longest streak on record. The unemployment rate in July held steady at 4.9 percent, down from 10 percent during the depths of the recession. Wages have risen 2.6 percent over the year. All in all, the July report indicates widespread growth and a strong, balanced recovery.

“Just seven years since the auto industry was on life support, auto sales remain near record highs. We have seen 74 consecutive weeks of initial unemployment claims at or below 300,000 – the last time we saw a streak like that was December 1973. Consumer confidence is strong.

“While this sustained progress is encouraging, we have more work to do to ensure that everyone gets a chance to share in this recovery. We must raise the federal minimum wage so that no one who works full-time in America lives in poverty. We must expand access to paid leave so that people don’t have to choose between the job they need and the family they love. We must continue to invest in our most precious natural resource – our human capital – so that everyone gets the skills and training they need to compete.

With fewer than 200 days left in this administration, we remain as committed as ever to ensuring that the prosperity we’ve created in the last eight years is sustained and broadly shared.”

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08/05/2016
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Eric Biel joins UN forum on partnerships to end forced labor in supply chains

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ILAB's Eric Biel joins UN forum on partnerships to end forced labor in supply chains

On Tuesday, July 19 at the United Nations in New York City, Associate Deputy Undersecretary for International Labor Affairs Eric Biel spoke to a multi-stakeholder gathering about “understanding the complexities and vulnerabilities of global supply chains.”  Consumers, producers, governments, and civil society groups are increasingly attuned to the working conditions of those who produce the goods and services traded in global supply chains.  DOL’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs has been working to ensure the rights of these workers for decades, through policy engagement, technical assistance, and reporting, and Biel’s remarks highlighted the many contributions the Bureau has made.  The remarks were part of a “Partnerships to end forced labor in global supply chains” event, hosted by the UN’s specialized labor agency, the International Labor Organization. 

A recording of this event can be found at: http://webtv.un.org/watch/partnerships-to-end-forced-labour-in-global-supply-chains/5042142100001

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07/25/2016
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