What kind of America do you want for your children?
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Since: Jun 11
#1 Aug 4, 2011
On February 14th 2011 Republican Missouri State Senator Jane Cunningham tried to introduce legislation (S.B. 222.) that would completely repeal all child labor laws in the state of Missouri. Senator Cunningham’s Bill S.B. 222 would have eliminated the prohibition on employment of children under age fourteen, removed restrictions on the number of hours and restrictions on when a child may work during the day and removed the authority of the director of the Division of Labor Standards to inspect employers who employ children and to require them to keep certain records for children they employ. It would have allowed children under sixteen to work in any capacity in a motel resort or hotel where sleeping accommodations are furnished thus exposing children to the danger of child prostitution.
In April of 2011, Maine Republican State Rep. David Burns introduced bill LD 1346 which would allow employers to pay anyone under the age of 20 as little as $5.25 an hour a full $2.25 less than the $7.50 minimum wage. In addition, the same legislation eliminates the maximum number of hours a minor 16 years of age or older can work on a school day during hours when school is not in session. As one state representative puts it,“Why would Republicans push to create a pool of cheap labor when Maine’s unemployment is above 7% and so many people are begging for jobs?”
In April of 2011 Main Republican State Rep. Debra Plowman introduced bill LD 516 that would allow 16 and 17 year old students to work longer hours on school nights.
Maine’s Republican Gov. Paul LePage recently ordered mural depicting workers throughout the state's history removed from the Department of Labor.
Michele Bachmann wants to eliminate minimum wage
Do you want your daughters forced into a life of prostitution and sweatshop labor? Republicans’ contempt for workers is hardly news. GOP governors throughout the country have declared war on collective bargaining. Nevertheless, the GOP’s increasingly widespread assaults on child labor laws are a significant escalation from their longstanding war on adult workers. This leaves us with the question. What Kind of America Do We Want to Leave Our Children? Do we want the same vision that the Republican GOP and Tom Delay want? Do we want an America that provides safe working conditions and preserve the civil rights of all Americans? Dan Kapanke, Randy Hopper, Luther Olsen, Alberta Darling and Sheila Harsdorf voted to repeal the right to collective bargaining what’s next? Vote to preserve the civil rights of you and your children.
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