for an increase in labor inspectors in the United States that might even someday match, say, the number in Ghana per capita.” The first audience member concluded by noting that when individuals work on these issues overseas, they are challenged by individuals in foreign countries who point out flaws they see in the United States. The commenters thought that DOL should take this into account.
In the exchange that followed Ms. Rigby reiterated that DOL was following international labor standards, regardless of U.S. practice or practice of any individual country. Dr. Castro noted that DOL receives similar questions when its staff travel overseas. She noted that for purposes of this project, the focus is on the international context, though that is not to say the domestic situation is not important.