Tag: child labor

CELEBRATING LABOR DAY BY CELEBRATING LABOR UNIONS

People normally associate Labor Day as the official end of summer, a reason for stores to have sales, or the start of a new school year in many communities. Being in a labor union, we should each take pride in a holiday that commemorates us, labor unionists, both past and present, for our contributions in shaping our nations’ history and society as a whole. The origins of Labor Day in the United States start in 1882 in New York City under the direction of the Central Labor Union. Keep in mind, at that time in America, labor unions only covered ... Read more

Taking a look back: Child Labor

There was a time in America at the height of industrialization when children worked long hours in factories, in coal mines, or just about anywhere where physical labor was needed in manufacturing. Injuries, abuse and exploitation were common. Many child workers were robbed of their childhoods. It took the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to stop the practice of hiring minors in most industries, although there is still work to be done as thousands of children still toil for long hours in the agriculture industry. Preventing the return of child labor is one of the many protections unions provide ... Read more

Taking a look back: Child Labor

There was a time in America at the height of industrialization when children worked long hours in factories, in coal mines, or just about anywhere where physical labor was needed in manufacturing. Injuries, abuse and exploitation were common. Many child workers were robbed of their childhoods. It took the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to stop the practice of hiring minors in most industries, although there is still work to be done as thousands of children still toil for long hours in the agriculture industry. Preventing the return of child labor is one of the many protections unions provide ... Read more