The Child Labor Coalition (CLC) says the withdrawal of safety regulations for children hired to work on farms will risk children’s lives on farms. The Coalition says there were “common sense” protections in the proposed rules that “fell victim to misinformation and exaggeration from the farm lobby.”
The coalition says one of the nation’s most vulnerable populations – migrant farmworker children – will continue to be exposed to dangers on the farm and predicts the loss of 50 to 100 lives over the next decade. They say close to 100 children are killed on farms every year.
The coalition is urging Congress to overrule the Labor Department’s decision “by demanding legislation that increases protections for children working on farms.” The Child Labor Coalition is co-chaired by the National Consumers League and the American Federation of Teachers.
U.S. ag groups say the rules were overreaching and would have wrongly restricted the activities young people are engaged in on their own farms and their relatives’ farms.