Over 90 Organizations Endorse Legislation to Close Child Labor Loopholes that Endanger the Health, Safety and Educational Development of Farmworker Children

The Child Labor Coalition is reaching out for organizational endorsements of the Children’s Act for Responsible Employment and Farm Safety, H.R. 3394, which would end exploitative child labor in U.S. agriculture.

 

We ask organizations to help us advance this vital legislation which would remove the exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act that allow children to work unlimited hours in agriculture at the age of 12; these exemptions also allow child farmworkers to perform hazardous work at the age of 16. A text of the bill can be found here.

 

The educational impact of child labor on U.S. farmworker children has been devastating. We estimate that two out of three children who work in the fields drop out of school.

 

Rep. Roybal-Allard’s press release explains why there is an urgent need to protect farmworker children and how the bill accomplishes this.

 

Organizations that wish to add their names to the list of endorsers, please email reidm@nclnet.org .

 

 

The following 93 organizations have endorsed the Children’s Act for Responsible Employment and Farm Safety

 

Action for Children North Carolina
AFL-CIO
Alianza Nacional de Campesinas
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
American Federation of Teachers
Asian Americans Advancing Justice — AAJC
Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs
Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers (AWPPW)
Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers, & Grain Millers  International Union
Bank Information Center
Beyond Borders
Bon Appétit Management Company
California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation
CATA – Farmworkers’ Support Committee
Child Labor Coalition
Children’s Alliance (Washington State)
Child Welfare League of America
CLASP
Coalition Against Slavery and Trafficking–CAST
Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Communications Workers of America
Community Farm Alliance
CREA: Center for Reflection, Education and Action
Delaware Ecumenical Council on Children and Families
Dialogue on Diversity
Earth Ethics
Earth Justice
East Coast Migrant Head Start Project
Farm Labor Organizing Committee
Farmworker Association of Florida
Farmworker Justice
Feminist Majority Foundation
First Focus Campaign for Children
Food Chain Workers Alliance
Friends of the Earth
Food Policy Action Education Fund
General Federation of Women’s Clubs
Girls Inc.
Global Campaign for Education–US
Global Fairness Initiative
Global March Against Child Labour
Hispanic Affairs Project (Colorado)
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
Hispanic Federation
Human Agenda
Human Rights Watch
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters
International Initiative to End Child Labor
International Labor Rights Forum
Jobs with Justice
Justice for Migrant Women
Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation
Kentucky Equal Justice Center
Labor Council for Latin American Advancement–LACLAA
Media Voices for Children
Michigan Migrant Legal Assistance Project
Migrant Clinician’s Network
Migrant Justice // Justicia Migrante
Migrant Legal Action Program
NAACP
National Association of State Directors of Migrant Education
National Consumers League
National Council for Occupational Safety and Heatlh (National COSH)
National Employment Law Project (NELP)
National Farm Worker Ministry
National Organization for Women
NC Field
New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty
North Carolina Council of Churches
North Carolina Justice Center
PCUN—Pineros y Campesinos  del Noroeste (Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers)
PhilaPOSH
Progressive Democrats of America
Public Citizen
Responsible Sourcing Network
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
Rukmini Foundation
Rural Coalition
SafeWork Washington
SER Jobs for Progress National, Inc.
Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Shriver Center on Law and Poverty
Student Action with Farmworkers
Telamon Corp./Transition Resources Corp. (programs in 11 states)
UFW Foundation
United Farm Workers  of America (UFW)
United Methodist Women
United Steel Workers
Wasatch Clean Air Coalition (Utah)
Wayne Action for Racial Equality
Western New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health
Winrock International

Worker Justice Center of New York

 

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