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CLC’s Reid Maki joins America’s Workforce Union Podcast for World Day Against Child Labor

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[From America’s Workforce Union Podcast]

In honor of World Day Against Child Labor, Reid Maki, the director of child labor issues and coordinator of the Child Labor Coalition, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to talk about his organization’s work to end abusive child labor practices. He discussed some of the major violations over the past 18 months in America and how the CLC is educating legislators on proposed legislation that could improve the regulation of child labor.

The CLC, a part of the National Consumers League, has been in operation for the last 35 years and has worked closely with unions since its inception to help prevent child labor abuse in the workforce. Maki discussed some of the organizations that regularly work with the CLC to prevent child labor violations. He also discussed what the Fair Labor Standards Act did to prevent many, but not all, of the child labor issues in America.

Despite the efforts from the labor movement and the CLC, there are far too many child labor violations in the U.S. Maki talked about the recent incident where a 13-year-old was found that working overnight shifts at a Hyundai production plant in Alabama and how something like could happen. He also talked about similar events over the past 18 months in Tennessee, Iowa and Virginia and how the U.S. Department of Labor is finding new ways to enforce child labor penalties on companies and make them impactful. Maki that many of the violations are found after an investigation into a report from teachers and individuals concerned for the children’s well-being. However, he believes this problem can be fixed with better monitoring practices.

Finally, Maki talked about what the CLC is doing to raise awareness of the issue as part of the plans for World Day Against Child Labor. The CLC will be holding a briefing on the Hill in Washington, D.C., to educate members of Congress about the legislative options that could help resolve the child labor issues. Among the pieces of legislation that Maki discussed was a bill that would regulate child workers on farms. He explained more about the proposal and why there are currently gaps in policy related to child workers on farms.

To hear more about the efforts to eliminate child labor violations, listen to the show above.

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Help the CLC Celebrate World Day Against Child Labor at Our June 16th Event Featuring Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi


Join NCL’s Child Labor Coalition for a Congressional Briefing

US Policy and its Impact on Child Labor and Trafficking with 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi

In cooperation with the Congressional Caucus on Human Trafficking

When: Friday, June 16, 2017 | 1pm – 2pm
Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2172

Please join the Child Labor Coalition, the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking, and the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation, for a briefing in honor of the World Day Against Child Labor (June 12), featuring Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi. The briefing will discuss child labor, child slavery, and child trafficking, and explore solutions that will help eliminate these blights on society. Mr. Satyarthi will speak on the need to protect children from child labor in times of crises.

Keynote: Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate


  • Ana Flores, Recently a child worker in North Carolina’s tobacco fields
  • Jo Becker, Advocacy Director of the Children’s Rights Division, Human Rights Watch
  • Kevin Willcutts, Deputy Director of the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs, the Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking

Satyarthi has been a tireless advocate of children’s rights for over three decades, and recently launched the 100 Million for 100 Million Campaign – history’s largest global youth-for-youth mobilization. He has liberated more than 86,000 children from exploitation and developed a successful model for their education and rehabilitation. In 2014, he was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with Malala Yousafzai.

RSVP to Shasti Conrad at shasti@satyarthi.org.


About the Child Labor Coalition

The Child Labor Coalition was established in 1989 by the National Consumers League and today is co-chaired by NCL and the American Federation of Teachers. It has 35 member organizations that represents consumers, labor unions, educators, human rights and labor rights groups, child advocacy groups, and religious and women’s groups.


CLC Calls for the End of the Worst Forms of Child Labor on World Day Against Child Labor (2009 Press Release)

Washington, DC–Today, June 12th, the Child Labor Coalition (CLC), representing 22 organizations, including several of America’s largest labor unions, celebrates 2009 World Day Against Child Labor by urging consumers and the general public to take action against exploitative child labor.

“This week we also celebrate the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention 182, designed to eradicate the worst forms of child labor,” said Sally Greenberg, Executive Director of the National Consumers League and co-chair of the CLC. “Child labor rates have dropped during the last decade but much work remains to be done,” said Greenberg.

“The ILO estimates that today 218 million children are still working in conditions that deny them their rights to a proper childhood, threatens their education, and their well-being,” said fellow CLC Co-Chair Antonia Cortese, Secretary-Treasurer of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), which represents 1.4 million public service employees.

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