150 Organizations Endorse Legislation (CARE) 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 150 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 Pacific American Labor Alliance
·       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 Human Development
·       California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation
·       Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities
·       CATA – Farmworkers’ Support Committee  (NJ, PA, MD)
·       Centro de los Derechos del Migrante
·       Child Labor Coalition
·       Children’s Alliance (Washington State)
·       Child Welfare League of America
·       CLASP
·       Coalition Against Slavery and Trafficking–CAST
·       Coalition on Human Needs
·       Coalition of Immokalee Workers
·       Communications Workers of America
·       Community Farm Alliance
·       Corporate Accountability Lab
·       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
·       Families USA
·       Farm Labor Organizing Committee
·       Farmworker Association of Florida
·       Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project (Illinois)
·       Farmworker Justice
·       Feminist Majority Foundation
·       First Focus Campaign for Children
·       Food Chain Workers Alliance
·       Food Empowerment Project
·       Friends of the Earth
·       Food Policy Action Education Fund
·       Food and Water Action
·       Futures Without Violence
·       General Federation of Women’s Clubs
·       Girls Inc.
·       Global Campaign for Education–US
·       Global Fairness Initiative
·       Global March Against Child Labour
·       Green America
·       Hispanic Affairs Project (Colorado)
·       Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
·       Hispanic Federation
·       Human Agenda
·       Human Rights Watch
·       Human Trafficking Legal Center
·       International Bar Association’s Institute of Human Rights
·       International Brotherhood of Teamsters
·       International Initiative to End Child Labor
·       International Justice Mission
·       International Labor Rights Forum
·       International Rights Advocates
·       Jobs with Justice
·       Justice for Migrant Women
·       Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation
·       Kentucky Equal Justice Center
·       Kentucky Youth Advocates
·       Labor Council for Latin American Advancement–LACLAA
·       Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund – LALDEF (NJ)
·       Learning Disabilities Association of America
·       Learning Disabilities Association of Maine
·       Legal Aid Justice Center (VA)
·       MANA, A National Latina Organization
·       Marshfield Clinic Health System
·       Maryland Pesticide Network
·       Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (Mass COSH)
·       Media Voices for Children
·       Michigan Migrant Legal Assistance Project
·       Mighty Earth
·       Migrant Clinician’s Network
·       Migrant Justice // Justicia Migrante
·       Migrant Legal Action Program
·       NAACP
·       National Association of State Directors of Migrant Education
·       Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP)
·       National Consumers League
·       National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH)
·       National Domestic Workers Alliance
·       National Education Association
·       National Employment Law Project (NELP)
·       National Farm Medicine Center
·       National Farm Worker Ministry
·       National Immigration Law Center
·       National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Association 
·       National Organization for Women
·       National Women’s Law Center
·       NC Field
·       New Labor (NJ)
·       New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty
·       North Carolina Council of Churches
·       North Carolina Justice Center
·       Northwest Workers’ Justice Project (Oregon)
·       NYSUT — A Union of Professionals (NY)
·       Pax Christi USA
·       PCUN—Pineros y Campesinos  del Noroeste (Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers)
·       Pesticide Action Network
·       PhilaPOSH
·       Progressive Democrats of America
·       Proteus Inc. (California)
·       Public Citizen
·       Rainforest Action Network
·       Responsible Sourcing Network
·       Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC)
·       Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
·       Rukmini Foundation
·       Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA
·       Rural Coalition
·       Rural and Migrant Ministry (New York)
·       SafeJobs Oregon
·       SafeWork Washington
·       SER Jobs for Progress National, Inc.
·       Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
·       Shine Global
·       Shriver Center on Law and Poverty
·       Sierra Club
·       Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR)
·       Social Accountability International
·       Student Action with Farmworkers
·       Telamon Corp./Transition Resources Corp. (AL, DE, GA, IN, MD, MI, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV)
·       UFW Foundation
·       UnidosUS
·       Union of Concerned Scientists
·       United Farm Workers of America (UFW)
·       United Food & Commercial Workers International Union 
·       United Methodist Women
·       United Steel Workers
·       United Migrant Opportunity Services (WI, FL, MN, MO, TX)
·       Vecinos Farmworker Health Program  (North Carolina)
·       Verite
·       Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy
·       Voices for Utah Children
·       Wasatch Clean Air Coalition (Utah)
·       Washington Lawyers Committee
·       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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