Likely Impact of the US-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement on Workers

Likely Impact of the US-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement on Workers

May 18, 2010
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Guidance for how the U.S. should go forward to ensure that trade agreements with Colombia improves labor standards and worker rights.

As Congress considers the ratification of the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement, Colombia's labor situation has become the central obstacle to its passage. While most analysts agree that the FTA is relatively unimportant to the U.S. and will have "minimal to no effect on output or employment," it could have strong effects on Colombian workers. The following brief provides guidance for how Congress and the Obama Administration should go forward to ensure that the trade agreement with Colombia improves labor standards and worker rights in Colombia.

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