Labor Department Supports Dominican Sugarcane Workers

Providing $3 million for education due to “egregious working conditions.“

The Department of Labor (DOL) is awarding $3 million for the education of labor rights for sugar workers in the Dominican Republic. The Bureau of International Labor Affairs published its seventh report about the “egregious working conditions and labor rights’ abuses” pervasive in the Dominican sugar sector in September, causing U.S. Customs and Border to ban the sale of all Dominican sugar in the United States in November. Dominican sugar workers often live in isolated areas, and the Labor Department hopes that resources spent informing these workers of their rights will empower change at a grassroots level.

“The project is part of the department’s Multilateral Partnership for Organizing, Worker Empowerment and Rights, an initiative to strengthen workplace democracy globally by supporting worker rights and empowerment through program and policy interventions,” the department stated.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Marty Walsh to seek God’s wisdom as he heads the Labor Department.
  • Fore Deputy Undersecretary Martha Newton as she oversees the Bureau of International Labor Affairs.

Sources: Department of Labor, Washington Post


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