GOP Legislatures Are Passing Bills That Weaken Child Labor Laws To Avoid Raising Wages For Adults

  • Months into the country’s so-called “labor shortage,” Republican lawmakers and pro-business groups are leading an effort to enable companies to fill their ranks with low-wage teenagers.
  • Republican-led Wisconsin state Senate passed S.B. 332, which will allow businesses to hire 14- and 15-year-olds to work from 6:00 am to as late as 9:30 pm on weeknights or 11:00 pm on weekends.
  • “Just raise wages you child abusing shits,” tweeted @BrettPransky. Educator Brett Bigham tweeted, “Pay a living wage and you won’t need to hire 15 year olds…”

Julia Conley, Common Dreams from Rawstory writes:

“Months into the United States’ so-called “labor shortage”—which progressives and economists have repeatedly said is actually the result of weak worker protections during the coronavirus pandemic and wages that have remained stagnant for decades—Republican lawmakers and pro-business groups across the country are leading an effort to enable companies to fill out their ranks by hiring young teenagers.

Most recently, the Republican-led Wisconsin state Senate passed S.B. 332, which would expand “the permissible work hours a minor under 16 years of age may work,” allowing businesses to hire 14- and 15-year-olds to work starting at 6:00am and until as late as 9:30pm on weeknights or 11:00 p.m. on weekend evenings.

The bill, which would only apply to companies covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act and that earn more than $500,000 annually, headed to the state Assembly on October 20, sparking outrage among child advocates, workers’ rights groups, and Democratic lawmakers in the state…”

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