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President Barack Obama has approved Colombia’s fulfillment of terms protecting its workers, allowing both sides to proceed with putting the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement into effect, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said.

The agreement provides “an opportunity to help stand up for the rights of workers” worldwide, Kirk told reporters in a conference call at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia. The trade accord will take effect May 15, he said.

Obama took steps to certify Colombia’s labor-protection efforts, Kirk said. The president was set to hold bilateral talks with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos later today as the summit of more than 30 nations was drawing to a close.
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The trade deal, approved in the U.S. in October, will add as much as $1.1 billion to U.S. exports when it takes full effect, according to estimates from the U.S. International Trade Commission.

The U.S. exported $14.3 billion in goods to Colombia last year and imported $23.1 billion, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. Caterpillar Inc. and General Electric Co. (GE) (GE) are among the biggest supporters of the trade deal.
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Kirk said that under the labor certification, Colombia will establish a new labor ministry, give workers the right to organize, prosecute past cases of violence against union organizations and provide protections for them, Kirk said.

The U.S. will offer Colombia “technical assistance” as it implements the labor protection rules, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said on a conference call.

“This is a work in progress” but “we are moving on the right track,” Solis said.

Colombia’s Congress passed bills to implement a free-trade accord on April 10, days before the Summit of the Americas began.

The free-trade agreement, first reached under President George W. Bush more than five years ago, stalled in Congress amid opposition from House Democrats. Obama worked to broaden support by securing stronger labor commitments from Colombia.
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Sheesh. Having a free trade agreement isn't enough, but we need one that start labor unions in other countries?

How friggin arrogant.
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Sheesh. Having a free trade agreement isn't enough, but we need one that start labor unions in other countries?

How friggin arrogant.
This is my opinion. Anyone interested in labor anymore is going to have to go global due to the way the market has expanded.
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This is my opinion. Anyone interested in labor anymore is going to have to go global due to the way the market has expanded.
Well it just reinforces my theory that liberals (not necessary you. those in congress that blocked this) are more interested in forwarding their social agenda than bringing work and business to our shores.
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Well it just reinforces my theory that liberals (not necessary you. those in congress that blocked this) are more interested in forwarding their social agenda than bringing work and business to our shores.
Well we still only have 16 bill to their 23 so I don't know if it's much of a deal, except of course for Caterpillar who is probably moving there anyway.
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