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  • Maine Republicans Looking to Roll Back Child Labor Laws

    I used to think that the Republican Party was trying to push the country back to the 1950s, but I don't think that anymore.

    Now I think they're trying to push us back to the 1850s

    Republican members of the state legislature are attempting to loosen child labor laws that the community fought hard to put into place.

    The minimum wage in Maine is $7.50 an hour, and there is no training or subminimum wage for students. But under a new piece of legislation introduced in the state's House of Representatives, employers would be able to pay anyone under the age of 20 as little as $5.25 an hour for their first 180 days on the job.

    The bill, LD 1346, also eliminates the maximum number of hours a minor 16 years of age or older can work on a school day and allows a minor under the age of 16 to work up to four hours on a school day during hours when school is not in session.

    So, what's next? Are they going to start sneaking repeals of women's suffrage into education bills? Are we gonna find a movement gaining steam to return black citizens to 3/5ths of a person status? Are we gonna have to start allowing soldiers to quarter themselves in our homes? What's the final plan? Just how far back are they planning to take us?

    Tags: Children, Maine, Republicans, Work/office
  • Joe the Plumber Shocks World, Admits He Doesn't Know Everything About Everything

    Wow! I really didn't expect Joe the Plumber to be quite this well-spoken about proposed legislation that he's currently publicly opposing…

    Good for you, Joe. You almost made a full sentence-sounding-thing there.

    (via Think Progress)

    Tags: Employee Free Choice Act, Joe the Plumber, Pennsylvania, Work/office
  • Charlize Theron (pics) Cares About Labor, Not From Antarctica

    I just got back from a Congressional Quarterly hosted panel that featured James Hoffa, president of the Teamsters, Leo Gerard of the United Steelworker's Union, filmmaker Stuart Townsend and his girlfriend Charlize Theron.

    Townsend just made a film called "Battle In Seattle" which documents the WTO riots in Seattle in 1999. Though happily critical of America, no actual Americans seem to have been used in getting this film to the silver screen. As Leo Gerard pointed out:

    "It took an Irishman with funding from Canada to make this film."

    Foreigners sure like telling us what's wrong with our country, eh?

    Theron didn't speak until the very end, so in the spirit of the event, I have included photos (below the fold) of what appeared to be her primary purpose in attending: namely, to look hot, which she did extremely well.

    When she was asked her thoughts on being in the film she responded that labor was important to her because she was from a continent in which there were labor issues. Which narrows her place of birth down to six of the seven continents I believe.

    Pics below the fold.

    Tags: DNC, Economy, James Hoffa, Work/office