U.S. Government Takes Historic Action to Enforce Labor Rules in Trade Agreement with Guatemala

September 18, 2014

Today, for the first time ever, the U.S. government announced that it will begin the formal consultations that are used to resolve trade disputes over labor issues. The United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced that it will finally move forward to arbitration in the long-running dispute with the government of Guatemala regarding whether or not Guatemala is meeting the labor commitments of the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA or CAFTA). In announcing the decision, the USTR stated that the goal is to improve conditions that workers face every day.   

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