Tuesday, May 21, 2024

It Is All About The Children.

When you start connecting the dots it all makes sense.
#1. Vouchers are crippling our public schools taking funding away and giving it to privates schools which are mostly White middle class students. Education is becoming only for the rich.
#2. Doing away with abortions… do you really think that the rich cannot get abortions? They can travel to other states or other countries while those in the lower classes have to have children they can’t afford.
#3. The Republicans are cutting the safety nets, cutting SNAP, WIC, and Head Start programs.
#4. The Republicans are gutting child protections laws to allow young children to work in factories.
As states roll back child labor protections legal violations have soared.
By Mary Ellen Klas
May 19, 2024

School will be out soon, and for many teenagers that means it’s time to get a job. But there’s a new hitch: More teens will be recruited for adult jobs and work longer hours and in more dangerous conditions because several states have weakened their child labor laws.

It’s a brutal and short-sighted attempt to deal with one of the tightest labor markets on record, and it offers an ugly window into the inherent prejudices in the labor market. Rather than seek ways to encourage adults to take these jobs, legislators in mostly red states are loosening protections for workers easiest to exploit— young people.
Do you see a trend here? I’ll tell you this is right out of the plot of the Handmaid’s Tale!
PBS News Hour
By Harm Venhuizen, Associated Press
May 25, 2023

Lawmakers in several states are embracing legislation to let children work in more hazardous occupations, longer hours on school nights and in expanded roles including serving alcohol in bars and restaurants as young as 14.

The efforts to significantly roll back labor rules are largely led by Republican lawmakers to address worker shortages and in some cases run afoul of federal regulations.

Child welfare advocates worry the measures represent a coordinated push to scale back hard-won protections for minors.
Why are the Republicans push this? Is it for some nefarious reason?
Legislators in Wisconsin, Ohio and Iowa are actively considering relaxing child labor laws to address worker shortages, which are driving up wages and contributing to inflation. Employers have struggled to fill open positions after a spike in retirements, deaths and illnesses from COVID-19, decreases in legal immigration and other factors.

The job market is one of the tightest since World War II, with the unemployment rate at 3.4 percent — the lowest in 54 years.
When they work at adult jobs they are going to have adult injuries, the U.S. Department of Labor reported,
The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a federal consent order and judgment against sawmill operator Florence Hardwoods LLC following the death of a child. The order requires the Florence County company to place labels and signage to prevent children under age 18 from using dangerous equipment and entering the company’s sawmill and planer buildings. The company has agreed not to hire anyone under the age of 16 and if the company hires anyone between the ages of 16 and 18 in the future, the company must strictly comply with the requirements for apprentices or student learners and inform the department before hiring them.

The action follows an investigation by the department’s Wage and Hour Division into a 16-year-old worker’s death at the Wisconsin sawmill which led to the department invoking the “hot goods” provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The division opened the investigation after the teenager suffered severe injuries on June 29, 2023, at Florence Hardwoods and died two days later.
Why are they doing this? It is simply for cheap labor, you don’t that even through they are doing adult work that they are being paid adult wages?

I am up on Cape Cod and almost all the summer workers are H-1B summer help.

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