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7 June, 2023

Child Labor For Sale!

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Child Labor Is on the Rise. Republican
State legislatures across the country are making it easier to hire minors in low-paid and dangerous jobs.

"Child Labor Is on the Rise" - The New Yorker

"State legislatures across the country are making it easier to hire minors in low-paid and dangerous jobs. This surge is being propelled by an unhappy confluence of employers desperate to fill jobs, including dangerous jobs, at the lowest possible cost; a vast wave of “unaccompanied minors” entering the country; more than a little human trafficking; and a growing number of state legislatures that are weakening child-labor laws in deference to industry groups and, sometimes, in defiance of federal authority." - The New Yorker

Child workers: Underpaid. Overworked. No union rights. No food stamps. No healthcare. Poor. Desperate. Unable to vote... A heartless employers dream come true!

CHILD LABOR FOR SALE

Child workers: Underpaid. Overworked. No union rights. No food stamps. No healthcare. Poor. Desperate. Unable to vote... A heartless employers dream come true!

Child labor exploitation

Iowa governor signs one of the most dangerous rollbacks of child labor laws in the country. 14 states have now introduced bills putting children at risk. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed an expansive bill enacting numerous changes to the state’s child labor laws, including:

  • Allowing employers to hire teens as young as 14 for previously prohibited hazardous jobs in industrial laundries or as young as 15 in light assembly work
  • Allowing state agencies to waive restrictions on hazardous work for 16–17-year-olds in a long list of dangerous occupations, including demolition, roofing, excavation, and power-driven machine operation
  • Extending hours to allow teens as young as 14 to work six-hour nightly shifts during the school year
  • Allowing restaurants to have teens as young as 16 serve alcohol
  • Limiting state agencies’ ability to impose penalties for future employer violations. - EPI

Iowa's final bill (passed with only Republican support) remains one of the most dangerous rollbacks of child labor protections in decades.

Parent's authority diminished

In Arkansas, Governor Sarah Sanders signed a law in March that eliminated youth work permits. Under the law, 14- and 15-year-olds will no longer need an employment certificate from the state Division of Labor verifying proof of their age and parental consent to work. At a moment when exploitative child labor is on the rise, such changes are dangerous, removing an important paper trail intended to provide “proof that the companies that hire children at least acknowledge—in writing—that they’re following the law.” - EPI

TakeAway: Vote to stop Republicans cutting food stamps and Medicaid to make desperate children work to survive.

Deepak
DemLabs

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