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Labor in the Americas
Two-day conference tackles issues
of integration and free trade in North
and South America

EVENT: Labor in the Americas, a two-day conference on issues of integration of labor standards and free trade in North and South America.

WHEN: 1-5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 10; 9 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., Friday, March 11.

WHERE: 8th floor atrium, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, The University of Texas at Austin, 2313 Red River.

BACKGROUND: Free and open to the public, this two-day conference features prominent policymakers, academics and union leaders who will examine the challenges of integrating labor standards in free trade blocks in the Americas.

Participants will include former U.S. Secretary of Labor Ray Marshall, former Brazilian Minister of Labor Paulo Paiva, Inter-American Development Bank Executive Director Hector Elias Morales, and former U.S. Department of State Commercial Policy Chief Sidney Weintraub.

Topics will include the influence of labor relations on Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) negotiations, U.S. and Latin American approaches to collective and individual rights of laborers, and the effects of integration on international migration.

A detailed agenda is available here. (Requires Adobe Reader.)

This event is sponsored by the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs in cooperation with the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, the Kay Bailey Hutchison Chair in Latin American Law of UT School of Law, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Washington Office of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

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Austin, TX 78713-8925

25 February 2005

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