Friday, April 01, 2011

Republicans reignite the reason for unions. The War On Child Labor Laws: Maine Republicans Want Longer Hours, Lower Pay For Kids

Of course they do. You know, children have nimbler fingers than adults and can more easy operate small and delicate machinery -- plus, you don't have to pay them as much.

Oh, and really, what do they need school for when they could be working...

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


Maine State Rep. David Burns is the latest of many Republican lawmakersconcerned 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 a180-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 wouldeliminate the maximum number of hours a minor over 16 can work during school days.

4 comments:

Kevin Scheunemann said...

The 16 hour a week restriction is ridiculous.

A lot of these kids are willing to work...many times very poor kids...so they can save for college, car, etc.

So instead, we want the kids sitting around, running with the gang, vs. allowing them to work to build their future?

This is yet another area where progressives want to make everyone dependent on government! This is a family decision, not a government decision!

Makes me ill that you would want to deny a child opportunities to better themselves.

wbman said...

Oh, come on, Kevin... "opportunities to better themselves"? We're not talking about careers, here.

Laws like this are also in place to protect teenagers from being forced to work longer or face dismissal. There is no "family decision" that would prevent that without the law.

Kevin Scheunemann said...

So you deprive those good students ready and willing to work?

I'm also insulted by your comment that all employers FORCE their staff to a schedule they can't handle. My employees control their schedule and have the ability to "cut back" if they have a heavy homework period, school activities, or family activities.

The majority of the time, labor laws, "inhibit" the good kids from vigorously saving for college when they want to work more, especially in summer!

But wbman, you sound like you endorse the nanny state, and believe everyone is too stupid to make decisions for themselves.

Personally, I'm insulted you believe that.

wbman said...

Kevin, where did I write that I was referring to "all employers"?

Don't put words in my mouth or claim to know what I endorse or believe. You aren't that gifted.