Archive for March, 2011

On Friday, I told you that the Labor, Commerce, Research, and Development committee voted 7 – 6 in favor of rolling back child labor laws by increasing how late and how long 16 and 17-year-olds can work during the school week. Many of you responded, sending over 250 messages to legislators asking them to oppose […]

Augusta – Shortly after lawmakers in the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee voted to roll back work hour protections for teen workers, another bill was introduced that would go even farther. “L.D. 1346 constitutes an unprecedented roll back of Maine’s child labor laws. It would put the future of Maine’s young women and […]

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(AUGUSTA) The battle over efforts to reduce children’s exposure to toxic chemicals heated up significantly today with a public hearing on LD 1129, a bill that would gut Maine’s popular Kid-Safe Products Act. At first blush, Friday’s unanimous committee vote to replace bisphenol-A (BPA) in reusable food and beverage containers seemed to point to a […]

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Friday marked the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in which 146 people, many of them teen girls, were burned or jumped to their deaths because of a fire made fatal by inadequate workplace protections. The doors to the factory were locked. Also Friday, more than one hundred people commemorated that fire by […]

Great news from Milwaukee! Yesterday the Wisconsin Court of Appeals ruled to uphold the groundbreaking paid sick day ordinance passed by 70% of voters. Now advocates are fighting to reject roll backs at the Legislature.  More here

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