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[Excerpt] Higher real earnings at the fullest possible level of employment are the goals of those of us who work in the labor field. This paper addresses the role of labor standards in helping to achieve those goals.

The United States government has two sets of interests in labor standards. The Department of Labor is supposed to "foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners of the United States, to improve their working conditions, and to advance their opportunities for profitable employment." The Agency for International Development seeks to "help the poor toward a better life" in a variety of ways, among which are increasing employment and earnings and achieving a more equitable distribution of income. Although this conference is sponsored by the Department of Labor, the interests assigned to AID should not be forgotten.


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Fields, G. S. (1990). Labor standards, economic development, and international trade [Electronic version]. In S. Herzenberg & J. F. Perez-Lopez (Eds.), Labor standards and development in the global economy (pp. 19-34). Washington, DC: United States Department of Labor.