October 8-November 11, 2005
Washington, D.C., and Sacramento

The Labor Legislative Training Program brought four Chinese labor officials to the U.S. for month-long study placements at relevant institutions. The purpose was to help the Chinese participants develop an understanding of labor-related laws and regulations and the process by which they are drafted and enacted in the United States. The four-week placement format provided the Chinese participants with more extensive, in-depth training opportunities than would be possible with a two-week study visit.

The program began with a weeklong orientation in Washington, D.C., during which the Chinese participants were given an overview of labor-related laws and regulations in the United States and different aspects of the labor legislation and rulemaking process. They also had opportunities to meet with congressional staffers, labor agency and other government officials, as well as academics, NGO representatives, and trade union staff involved with regulatory issues.

For the four-week placements, two members of the Chinese delegation were placed at the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency; the other two members of the group were placed at the Institute for Legislative Practice at McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific.

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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