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A World of Decent Work: Labor Diplomacy for the New Century

Report of the Advisory Committee on Labor Diplomacy to the Secretary of State and the President of the United States, September 2000

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface

Executive Summary

Introduction

The Labor Diplomacy Program
     Overview of the Labor Diplomacy Program
     Labor Positions Overseas
     Labor-Related Positions at the State Department
     FY 2001 Budget Request
     Authority Over Labor Officers
     Organization and Career Path of Foreign Service Officers and of Labor Officers
     The Labor Department/State Department Exchange Program
     Labor Training at the State Department
     Strategic Planning at the State Department

Recommendations for Effective Labor Diplomacy in the 21st Century
     Recommendation 1:  The Role of the Ambassador in Labor Diplomacy
     Recommendation 1.1:  The President's Letter of Instruction to Ambassadors
     Recommendation 1.2:  Consultations

     Recommendation 2:  The Role of Labor Officers in the Missions and the Number of Labor Officers
     Recommendation 2.1:  New Labor Officer Positions
     Recommendation 2.2:  Key Senior Labor Officer Positions
     Recommendation 2.3:  Labor Officers' Time Spent on Labor Issues
     Recommendation 2.4:  Labor Officer Placement and the Embassy "Country Team"
     Recommendation 2.5:  Support for Labor Officers
         Information Technology
         A Labor Travel Fund
         Human Resource Support at Missions

     Recommendation 3:  Expansion and Development of the Cadre of Labor Officers and Recruitment of Foreign Service Generalists
     Recommendation 3.1:  The Labor Promotion Track
     Recommendation 3.2:  Recruitment of Generalist Foreign Service Officers into Labor Positions
     Recommendation 3.3:  Diversity in the Foreign Service
     Recommendation 3.4:  Labor and Other Global Experience as a Factor in the Ambassadorial
     Selection Process
     Recommendation 3.5:  The Joint Award for Excellence in Labor Diplomacy
     Recommendation 3.6:  The "Up or Out" System
     Recommendation 3.7:  Hiring Persons with Labor Expertise into the Mid-Level Ranks
     Recommendation 3.8:  Limited Non-Career Appointments
     Recommendation 3.9:  Placement of Organized Labor Representatives on the Selection
     Boards

     Recommendation 4:  The Labor Department's Role in the Labor Diplomacy Program      Recommendation 4.1:  A New Interagency Labor Diplomacy Committee
     Recommendation 4.2:  The Role of the Labor Department with
     Respect to Overseas Labor Positions
     Recommendation 4.3:  Labor Department/State Department Exchange Program

     Recommendation 5:  The Labor Function in Washington
     Recommendation 5.1:  The Responsibility of the Special Representative for International Labor
     Affairs for Labor Officers
     Recommendation 5.2:  The Permanence of the Special Representative Position
     Recommendation 5.3:  Ambassador-at-Large Status for the Special Representative
     Recommendation 5.4:  The Resources of the International Labor Affairs Office
     Recommendation 5.5:  Placement of a Senior Regional Labor Advisor
     in Each Regional Bureau
     Recommendation 5.6:  Placement of a Labor Advisor in the Economic and Business Affairs
     Bureau
     Recommendation 5.7:  The International Organization Bureau Officer Covering the ILO
     Recommendation 5.8:  Labor in the Strategic Planning Process

     Recommendation 6:  Increasing Awareness of Labor Issues at All Levels of the State Department
     Recommendation 6.1:  Labor-Related Training in the State Department
     Recommendation 6.2:  The Annual Worldwide Labor Officers Conference

Conclusion

Biographies of Members of the Advisory Committee on Labor Diplomacy

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