THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES JOAQUIN (JACK) F. OTERO TO SERVE AS ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR INTERNATIONAL LABOR AFFAIRS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
President Clinton announced today his intent to nominate Joaquin (Jack) F. Otero to serve as the Assistant Secretary for International Labor Affairs at the Department of Labor.
Joaquin (Jack) F. Otero of Virginia is an international labor leader and has served as the Deputy Under Secretary of the Bureau of International Labor Affairs at the Department of Labor since the beginning of this Administration. Mr. Otero has worked for the last thirty years to improve the economic, social and political standing of workers in over one hundred countries. Prior to his current position, he was a vice president and member of the executive council of the AFL-CIO and the international vice president and member of the executive council of the Transportation Communications International Union. He served as the director for Latin American and Caribbean Affairs for the International Transport Worker's Federation (ITF) in Lima, Peru and as the assistant director for Latin American Affairs for the ITF in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Mr. Otero has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards and has lectured on labor and foreign affairs at many institutions.
The Assistant Secretary for International Labor Affairs assists the Secretary in formulating international economic and trade policies affecting American workers and represents the U.S. in trade negotiations affecting labor. Additionally, the Assistant Secretary develops, directs and plans programs and policies within the Department which further U.S. international objectives and advance the welfare of the U.S. worker.