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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameNational Advisory Committee for Labor Provisions of United States Free Trade AgreementsAgency NameDepartment of Labor
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number1927
Original Establishment Date4/26/2005Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttp://www.dol.gov/ilab/trade/agreements/nac.htm
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*Twelve
Current Charter Date2/27/2017Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter2/27/2019Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Donna
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Chung
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Secretary of Labor, Article 17 of North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation (NAALC)Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 693-4861
Effective Date Of Authority*9/13/1993Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 693-4851
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*chung.donna@dol.gov
Presidential*No
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board
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RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Committee provides advice to the Secretary of Labor through ILAB’s Office of Trade and Labor Affairs (OTLA) on the implementation of and new ways to best achieve the intent of the NAALC and the labor provisions of United States free trade agreements with Jordan, Chile, Singapore, Australia, Morocco, CAFTA-DR countries, Peru, Oman, Bahrain, Colombia, Korea and Panama. The Committee may also provide advice on the labor provisions of any proposed future free trade agreements that the President or Congress may wish to conclude.
How is membership balanced?*The membership has consisted of four members from the labor community, four members from the business community, and four members of the general public. The Membership Balance Plan, which was reviewed and renewed along with the Committee charter in Fiscal Year 2017, guides ILAB’s efforts in comprising the Committee. For example, we have sought to ensure a broader representation of different economic sectors, particularly among the business and worker representatives, and considered a broader range of civil society actors to better represent the public interest.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee has been meeting since it was re-established in March 2011. The first meeting was on August 25, 2011, and subsequent meetings were held in October 2011, March 2012, and September 2012, March 2013, February 2014 and February 2016. The meetings have been productive, with ILAB providing updated information about its work, and Committee members asking numerous questions and providing advice regarding DOL's responsibilities in the implementation of the U.S. free trade agreement labor chapters and the NAALC. Recent meetings have demonstrated full member engagement on a growing range of relevant issues. The NAC did not meet during 2015 because two committee members representing half of the total of four business sector representatives retired from their jobs, and ILAB wanted to wait until the vacancies were filled, so that the membership balance among the representative sectors could be retained in any advice the Committee would give to the Secretary of Labor. ILAB resumed meetings in February 2016 and built upon that meeting by establishing a Subcommittee on Strategic Stakeholder Engagement that last met on September 13, 2016.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Committee offers significant insight on how the U.S. Government can work with its trading partners to improve labor laws and their enforcement in a way that advances the interests of American businesses, workers and citizens more broadly. In addition, Article 17 of the NAALC indicates that each party to the agreement may establish a national advisory committee made up of representatives from labor, business, and the public. The labor chapters of free trade agreements with Chile, Colombia, Korea, Morocco, CAFTA-DR countries, Panama, Peru, Oman, Bahrain, Singapore and Australia also provide for advisory committees. The input of the business, labor, and the public is vital to improving the implementation of these agreements.
Why close or partially close meetings?Meetings are open to the public.
Recommendation RemarksThe Committee provides advice through the Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) concerning the implementation of the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation (NAALC) and the labor provisions of all U.S. free trade agreements. The Committee advises on the implementation of the labor provisions of free trade agreements, including cooperative activities and other matters as they arise in the course of administering the agreements. Members pay their own travel and per diem. The NAC did not meet during Fiscal Year 2018 because Committee activities and operations were being reviewed in accordance with Executive Order 13781, Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch, to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of Executive Branch agencies. Consequently, FY18 actual costs, which include federal staff support, are substantially less than the NAC charter’s reported estimated annual operating costs.
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentBased on feedback from the Committee, ILAB hired full-time staff whose work expanded to include stakeholder communications. After contracting a web consulting firm to update its website and share information about its activities with stakeholders on a more proactive basis, ILAB led the Department of Labor (DOL) in making the website more accessible, user-friendly and easily updated prompting a broader shift to a content management system that allows for more timely, streamlined updates.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNAC advice has helped ILAB improve its communication to its stakeholders, tailor its research agenda to better support its enforcement of FTA labor provisions, engage with the Government of Mexico on critical issues related to the NAALC, and improve the functioning of the labor-related mechanisms of intergovernmental cooperation under the NAALC.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*NoneDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentMembers traveled and participated in the meeting at their own cost.Grants Review CommentNot Applicable
Number Of Recommendations*8Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentNot ApplicableAccess Agency WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented*50.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentIn addition to the recommendations discussed in the past, ILAB addressed two more recommendations in the past two years. With these recommendations, 50% of the NAC’s recommendations have been fully implemented. The two recommendations are discussed below. The NAC Research Report recommended that the Office of Economic and Labor Research (OELR) should be guided by the question “What are the necessary conditions for the enforcement of labor provisions in trade agreements?” Consistent with this, from 2015 through 2019, OELR and the DOL Chief Evaluation Office are co-sponsoring a project to collect nationally representative household-based data on the prevalence, nature, and possible effects of working conditions and health issues, including work-related violence, in six Central American trade partner countries. Such new, reliable and objective data, as well as qualitative findings from focus groups, will help to improve our understanding of compliance with certain internationally recognized labor rights. The project is being implemented by the University of Texas School of Public Health and its partners, who have designed and tested for ILAB a work violence module (see 2016 work-related violence report at https://www.dol.gov/ilab/research/). The 2012 NAALC Subcommittee Report, which was adopted by the NAC, recommended that ILAB try to engage the Government of Mexico in areas of mutual interest on labor issues including migration and hemispheric cooperation on technical cooperation activities. ILAB has had discussions with the Government of Mexico regarding labor law reforms to address concerns about freedom of association and collective bargaining rights, gender discrimination, as well as child labor and forced labor in the agriculture sector. From December 2014-April 2018, ILAB funded a project that worked with the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection and other stakeholders to address discrimination in the workplace. ILAB is also funding World Vision to implement an $8.7 million project (Campos de Esperanza) from November 2016 - October 2020 in Mexico, in particular in the coffee and sugarcane sectors, that involves multiple stakeholders in government, the private sector and civil society working together to reduce child labor in migrant agricultural communities, links children and youth to existing educational programs, and refers vulnerable households to existing government programs to improve income and reduce the need for child labor. Additionally, both countries have worked together to conduct outreach to workers in the U.S. and in Mexico about their legal rights, and to U.S. employers who employ migrant workers about their legal responsibilities.DOL also continues to work closely with Mexico and other countries in the Americas region under the auspices of the OAS Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor (IACML). The IACML convenes Ministries of Labor in the Americas region several times per year to discuss priority labor and employment topics of mutual interest. DOL has also engaged with the Government of Mexico on labor issues through the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*25.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe NAC NAALC Report recommended exploring the establishment of a virtual Secretariat. ILAB updated its website to publish submissions filed in Mexico and in Canada and reports issued by Mexico and Canada to fill the former publication role of the Secretariat. The NAC Report recommended strengthening the submission process by holding public hearings and creating action plans with follow-up reports. ILAB worked with other DOL agencies (e.g. the Wage and Hour Division) and the Mexican government to develop a plan in response to the Mexican request for consultations under the NAALC and has held public meetings in the United States and Mexico. ILAB and the Mexican Secretariat of Labor and Social Welfare jointly published a report on the activities conducted under the ministerial consultations workplan.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNot Applicable
Agency Feedback CommentWe discuss ILAB efforts to implement member suggestions and NAC report recommendations at each meeting and via email.Narrative Description*The NAC provides advice concerning the implementation of the Labor Chapters of US Free Trade Agreements and the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation (NAALC).
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COSTS

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Total Costs$0.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
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MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

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SUBCOMMITTEES

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Subcommittees

 
ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-029506Strategic Engagement2019
 COM-031509Subcommittee on Research Priorities2019
 COM-031655Subcommittee regarding Recommendations on how the United States can facilitate full implementation of the recommendations contained in the White Paper in t2019
 COM-032158Subcommittee to propose recommendations on how to strengthen the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation (NAALC)2019
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CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

  
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-032707National Advisory Committee for Labor Provisions of United States Free Trade Agreements2018
 COM-001624National Advisory Committee for Labor Provisions of United States Free Trade Agreements2017
 COM-002721National Advisory Committee for Labor Provisions of United States Free Trade Agreements2016
 COM-003723National Advisory Committee for Labor Provisions of United States Free Trade Agreements2015
 COM-004932National Advisory Committee for Labor Provisions of United States Free Trade Agreements2014
 COM-005807National Advisory Committee for Labor Provisions of United States Free Trade Agreements2013
 COM-006970National Advisory Committee for Labor Provisions of United States Free Trade Agreements2012
 COM-007809National Advisory Committee for Labor Provisions of United States Free Trade Agreements2011
 COM-010031National Advisory Committee for Labor Provisions of United States Free Trade Agreements2009
 COM-011155National Advisory Committee for Labor Provisions of United States Free Trade Agreements2008
 COM-011744National Advisory Committee for Labor Provisions of United States Free Trade Agreements2007
 COM-012890National Advisory Committee for Labor Provisions of United States Free Trade Agreements2006
 COM-013791National Advisory Committee for Labor Provisions of United States Free Trade Agreements2005
 COM-014926National Advisory Committee for the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation2004
 COM-015679National Advisory Committee for the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation2003
 COM-016919National Advisory Committee for the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation2002
 COM-017431National Advisory Committee for the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation2001
 COM-018709National Advisory Committee for the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation2000
 COM-019624National Advisory Committee for the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation1999
 COM-020559National Advisory Committee for the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation1998
 COM-021494National Advisory Committee for the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation1997