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Wed Jun 7, 2023, 01:21 PM

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

In a March 14 report, we documented how states across the country are attempting to weaken child labor protections, just as violations of these standards are on the rise. The trend reflects a coordinated multi-industry push to expand employer access to low-wage labor and weaken state child labor laws in ways that contradict federal protections. And the recent uptick in state legislative activity is linked to longer-term industry-backed goals to rewrite federal child labor laws and other worker protections for the whole country.

Last Friday, this concerted attack on child labor safeguards further expanded. 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;


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BigOleDummy Jun 2023 #1

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Wed Jun 7, 2023, 03:33 PM

1. Aaaannnndddd there you have it!

Late term capitalism at its very best. Don't want to pay your workers a living wage? Hire their kids to do it! Jr. can shovel that concrete almost as well as daddy can and makes $7 an hour less, win win.

On a related note........ what's wrong with us as a nation?!?!?

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