> Rather Than Pass Wage Increases,
> GOP Legislatures Move to Weaken
> Child Labor Laws
> Nov 3
> Lawmakers in Ohio and Wisconsin
> are pushing to allow 14- and
> 15-year-olds to work longer hours
> as exorbitantly wealthy corporations
> pay their adult employees less than
> $15 per hour on average.
> Months into the United States' so-
> called "labor shortage"謡hich
> progressives and economists have
> repeatedly said is actually the
> result of weak worker protections
> during the coronavirus pandemic and
> wages that have remained stagnant
> for decades由epublican lawmakers
> and pro-business groups across the
> country are leading an effort to
> enable companies to fill out their
> ranks by hiring young teenagers.
> Most recently, the Republican-led
> Wisconsin state Senate passed
> S.B. 332, which would expand "the
> permissible work hours a minor
> under 16 years of age may work,"
> allowing businesses to hire 14-
> and 15-year-olds to work starting
> at 6:00am and until as late as
> 9:30pm on weeknights or 11:00 p.m.
> on weekend evenings.
> On social media in recent months,
> workers's rights advocates have
> posted photos of multinational
> corporations including McDonald's
> and Burger King advertising job
> openings for teenagers as young as
> 14預ll while paying their adult
> employees an average of less than
> $15 per hour.
> "Kids should be doing their
> homework, being in school instead
> of working more hours," state Sen.
> Bob Wirch (D-Somers) told the
> Wisconsin Examiner.
> "This is so absurd," tweeted labor
> activist Joshua Potash of a
> McDonald's sign advertising an
> $8.50-per-hour wage for 14- and
> 15-year-old workers. The company
> brought in $4.7 billion in profits
> in 2020, with shareholders reaping
> $3.7 billion in dividends and CEO
> Chris Kempczinski taking home nearly
> $11 million.