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Conflict and Cooperation in U.S.-Mexican Labor Relations: The North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation

Jorge F. Perez-Lopez


This paper: (1) describes the institutions and mechanisms that have been created in North America under the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation (NAALC) to address labor standards issues as free trade and closer economic cooperation proceeds; and (2) provides an interim assessment of the performance of those institutions and mechanisms. The paper concludes that the experiences of the first eighteen months of implementation of the NAALC have been very positive, with the key institutions fully operational and the mechanisms already beginning to generate cooperative activities and a tripartite dialogue that is bound to have a positive impact on the well being of workers of all three nations.

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