H.Con.Res.257 - Commending the work of the United States Labor Attache' Corps, and for other purposes.103rd Congress (1993-1994)
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|Sponsor:||Rep. Brown, George E., Jr. [D-CA-42] (Introduced 06/22/1994)|
|Committees:||House - Education and Labor; Foreign Affairs | Senate - Foreign Relations|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 10/08/1994 Referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations. (All Actions)|
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[Congressional Bills 103th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H. Con. Res. 257 Referred in Senate (RFS)] 103d CONGRESS 2d Session H. CON. RES. 257 _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES October 3 (legislative day, September 12), 1994 Received October 8 (legislative day, September 12), 1994 Referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations _______________________________________________________________________ CONCURRENT RESOLUTION Commending the work of the United States Labor Attache Corps, and for other purposes. Whereas the integration of the global economy is accelerating; Whereas capital and technology are now easily transferred across national borders and throughout the world, while labor policies remain comparatively bound by national policies and allegiances; Whereas the importance of promoting international respect for fundamental worker rights and labor standards is crucial to building broader support for balanced, equitable, and sustainable growth in an expanding global economy; Whereas there exists a growing body of international law and international trade agreements, some of which originated in the early 1900s, that firmly establish the free exercise of fundamental worker rights, improved working conditions, and rising living standards as essential requirements of fair competition in a healthy, open, growing global economy; Whereas in 1941 President Franklin Roosevelt, as part of the Atlantic Charter, committed the United States to ``the fullest collaboration between all nations in the economic field with the object of securing, for all, improved labor standards, economic advancement, and social security''; Whereas the United States Government during World War II recognized the crucial importance of the needs, interests, and aspirations of all working people in general and the role that trade unions in particular would play in the reconstruction of Europe and the future development of newly independent nations; Whereas the United States Labor Attache Corps was established within the United States Government in 1943 and individual labor attaches ever since have been posted to United States embassies in scores of foreign countries to study and encourage the concurrent development of professional labor ministries within foreign governments and strong, independent, indigenous trade unions among working people in foreign countries; Whereas the United States Labor Attache Corps throughout the cold war played a crucial role in the struggle against Communism and in building support for freedom and democratic values and institutions throughout the world; Whereas there is an increasing need for the American people and their policymakers in the post-cold war era to better understand the needs, interests, and aspirations of working people abroad and the concerns that they share in common with working people in the United States; Whereas the United States Labor Attache Corps continues to reach beyond the traditional focus of the United States Foreign Service upon senior foreign government officials to attain a broader, in-depth understanding of grassroots concerns and developments among working people in foreign countries and the wider significance those concerns hold for political processes and socioeconomic developments within foreign countries; Whereas the United States Labor Attache Corps for 50 years has demonstrated repeatedly the crucial importance of free, independent, and democratic trade unions to the development of free, independent, and democratic societies, thus advancing the profound national interest of the United States in promoting the further development of democratic values, processes, and institutions throughout the world; Whereas the United States Labor Attache Corps facilitates many useful international exchanges between organized and unorganized United States and foreign workers and assists with a wide range of the international activities of several United States executive agencies, including the Department of State, the Department of Labor, and the Office of the United States Trade Representative; Whereas the national labor policies and standards of foreign countries, and the extent to which the governments of foreign countries are meeting and enforcing their legal obligations in this regard, are increasingly important factors in fair trade, particularly in determining whether consumer markets with broad-based purchasing power will emerge in those countries and whether most foreign workers in those countries will ever be able to buy United States exports, thus making the monitoring and reporting functions of the United States Labor Attache Corps of growing importance; and Whereas President Clinton during his official visit to Europe in January 1994 reaffirmed the United States commitment to promoting respect for the fundamental rights of workers everywhere and to pursuing policies that will enable working people in the United States and abroad to share more fully in the benefits of expanding international trade and investment in the global economy: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That-- (1) the Congress commends the United States Labor Attache Corps for the historic role it has played throughout the past 50 years in nurturing freedom and assisting in the development of democratic values and processes throughout the world; and (2) the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Labor should jointly-- (A) review the mission and organization of the United States Labor Attache Corps, and determine what reforms are necessary to redesign and assure continued relevance of the work of the Corps in the post-cold war era; (B) implement such reforms to the extent possible under existing law, and consistent with existing resources; (C) design and implement an interagency recruitment and training program to assure sufficient qualified personnel for the Corps, and to enhance the professional development of existing personnel, consistent with the continuing need for monitoring and reporting on the needs, interests and aspirations of working people in foreign countries; (D) develop a plan to assure that a labor counselor, attache or reporting officer is assigned to every United States Embassy abroad by January 1, 1997, and determine what additional resources are necessary to achieve this goal; and (E) not later than January 1, 1995, submit a report to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations, detailing the outcome of the review conducted and the steps undertaken pursuant to this section, and recommending such changes in law and such additional resources as may be necessary to implement needed further reforms. Passed the House of Representatives October 3, 1994. Attest: DONNALD K. ANDERSON, Clerk.