The War On Child Labor Laws: Maine Republicans Want Longer Hours, Lower Pay For Kids

There is no rational explanation for what the far right is doing to turn back the clock to a time in our history that no one but the fat cat corporations want to revisit.   Cheap labor via lower wages and child labor is a thing of the past and needs to remain a thing of the past.  So, having said that, what’s next, bringing back slavery?

Think Progress

Maine State Rep. David Burns is the latest of many Republican lawmakers concerned that employers aren’t allowed to do enough to exploit child workers:

LD 1346 suggests several significant changes to Maine’s child labor law, most notably a 180-day period during which workers under age 20 would earn $5.25 an hour.

The state’s current minimum wage is $7.50 an hour.

Rep. David Burns, R-Whiting, is sponsoring the bill, which also would eliminate the maximum number of hours a minor over 16 can work during school days.

Burns’ bill is particularly insidious, because it directly encourages employers to hire children or teenagers instead of adult workers. Because workers under 20 could be paid less than adults under this GOP proposal, minimum wage workers throughout Maine would likely receive a pink slip as their twentieth birthday present so that their boss could replace them with someone younger and cheaper.   Read more…

8 comments

  1. You know, I keep thinking that the GOP can’t get any worse.

    But this doesn’t even make good economic sense. It’s just, plain evil.

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  2. Kay – they are just taking my breath away. I hardly know how to react any more.

    Either they’re overstepping so badly they’ll pay the price, or – and this is my fear – Americans are conditioned now to be anti labor, anti health care, anti education, anti arts – you name it, anti everything except war and oil.

    (I’m having a bad day . . . .)

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  3. Moe, here’s hoping your day gets better fast, because the negative messaging out there is enormous. It’s up to bloggers with a more progressive outlook to get the REAL info out there.

    To borrow a phrase from a very successful campaign against kids being bullied…”it gets better”, Moe, it really does. As dumbed down as “they” might think Americans are, there’s always a limit. I’ve no doubt that most Americans have reached that point!

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    1. I just listened to Eric Alterman on Book TV and he said somewhat the same thing – he said after the excitement of hte ’08 election, progressives everywhere fell down on the job and didn’t provide the moral imperitive, didn’t make their voices audible, to help Obama and the Dems get past the entrenched interests. Good talk if you can find it online.

      Thanks for the ‘chin up’ – you know how it goes.

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      1. Moe, actually I just purchased Eric Alterman’s Why We Are Liberals in audiobook format just this past Thursday. I look forward to listening to it in the next day or so.

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  4. Moe, the Eric Alterman book I have is “Why We Are Liberals”. I haven’t read any of his other books.

    And yes, we old broads “got it goin on”, as we used to say back in the day! LOL

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