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Iowa child labor laws would be relaxed under Republican bill under consideration in Legislature

DES MOINES -Young teens could work longer hours and in more dangerous situations if a Republican bill now under consideration in the Iowa Legislature becomes law.

DES MOINES -Young teens could work longer hours and in more dangerous situations if a Republican bill now under consideration in the Iowa Legislature becomes law.

According to the Iowa Worker’s Almanac:

Jason Schultz, Iowa Republican Senator

A new bill in the Iowa Legislature would allow young teenagers to work in more hazardous conditions, while exempting businesses from liability for work-based learning programs if those teenagers get hurt.

14-year-olds could be assigned a wider array of potentially risky work, and both 14- and 15-year-olds could be scheduled for work shifts that last later into the evening.

The bill, Senate File 167, filed Monday by Sen. Jason Schultz (R-Schleswig), would allow more types of work for Iowa’s youngest workers, presumably to try and compensate for businesses’ inability to attract enough adult Iowans to their workplaces.

The legislation would be “a complete rewrite of our child labor laws,” according to Charlie Wishman with the Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, whose organization is registered against the bill.

“Not only is this ripping up at least 100 years of child labor law that this labor movement has worked for, it seriously puts children at risk on job sites without having any form of legal liability protection,” he said.

Common sense tells us that since this is America, no one likes a freeloader who can’t afford food.  Furthermore, America is a capitalist society, it’s dog-eat-dog, so no one should not be pulling their weight.  Some say getting educated for years is a waste of time when there is plenty of work to do even for youth, and they could be more productive earning for their hard-up families then sitting in study hall. As NIT reported last November, kids are working in factories in Nebraska and Minnesota, so why not in Iowa?  Big government keeping able-bodied children at home instead of pitching in is hobbling the economy, and these God-fearing, righteous Republicans will dam sure get make it fine for them to generate profits.

This child labor bill is in committee and could advance.

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