July 9-22, 2005
Washington, D.C., Michigan, California

A group of ten senior Chinese officials from the MOLSS, the State Council, the National People’s Congress and several provincial and municipal labor and social security bureaus in China came to the United States for two weeks of training and exchange in July 2005.

Most of them had been involved in the drafting of China’s new Labor Contract Law; half of them attended the Labor Contract Law Drafting Workshop in Beijing, including the two key drafters.

The program included Washington, D.C., Michigan (Ann Arbor, Lansing and Detroit) and California (San Francisco and Los Angeles), and focused on the legislation, interpretation and enforcement of employment and labor laws and regulations in the United States, with particular attention paid to areas and issues potentially relevant to China’s draft Labor Contract Law. The participants had the opportunity to hear briefings from and exchange views with officials at the DOL, the national Labor Relations Board, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services, as well as state labor agencies and legislative committees in Michigan and California. Lectures and discussions were held with experts at academic institutions (law schools at the University of Michigan and UCLA), labor leaders (e.g., President of AFL-CIO Michigan) and public interest advocates from non-governmental organizations (e.g., The Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center), professionals at employment agencies and attorneys from employment and labor law firms.

U.S.-China Labor Law Cooperation Project

U.S.-China Labor Law Cooperation Project

In 2002, a consortium that included the National Committee, The Asia Foundation, and Worldwide Strategies, Inc. was awarded a multi-year contract by the U.S. Department of Labor to run a set of programs to improve Chinese labor laws. The overall goals were to help strengthen the Chinese government's capacity to develop laws and regulations to implement internationally recognized standards of workers' rights, to promote greater awareness of labor law among Chinese workers and employers, to strengthen industrial relations, and to improve legal aid services to women and migrant workers. The National Committee's mandate was to work on legislative and labor inspection issues.

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