President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness Discussion

Speakers: Ellen Kullman, Robert Wolf, and Jeffrey Zients
Presider: Garrick Utley

President Obama formed the Council on Jobs to provide differing perspectives and non-partisan advice on bolstering the economy through fostering job creation, innovation, growth, and competitiveness. At this CFR meeting, experts discuss the Council's work and recommendations.

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Must Read Author: Michelle Dammon Loyalka

China's cheap labor is reaching a tipping point, writes New York Times' Michelle Dammon Loyalka. Is Obama right to suggest that manufacturing may return to the United States?

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Primary Sources

ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work

The International Labour Organization states,

"Adopted in 1998, the Declaration commits Member States to respect and promote principles and rights in four categories, whether or not they have ratified the relevant Conventions.

These categories are: freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining, the elimination of forced or compulsory labour, the abolition of child labour and the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation."

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