Child Labor

A Year of Action and Progress

A Year of Action and Progress

The Labor Department’s 102nd year — my first full one as Secretary — has been one of action and progress.  We have worked every day to ensure that a growing economy benefits everyone. That starts with ensuring we continue on the road to economic recovery – and we made great progress along that road in […]

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11 New Products Added to List of Goods Produced by Child labor, Forced labor

Filed in Child Labor by on December 1, 2014
11 New Products Added to List of Goods Produced by Child labor, Forced labor

A nine-year-old girl sits on a cracked floor in the suffocating heat and humidity of a five-story garment factory. She is almost finished trimming loose threads from shirt sleeves when her 11-year-old friend comes to collect the sleeves, which will be sown into shirts. As they briefly share a laugh, the supervisor smacks their heads and screams […]

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5 Facts About Child Labor

Filed in Child Labor, DOL by on October 7, 2014 0 Comments
5 Facts About Child Labor

This morning, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez announced the release of the department’s “Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor” report. The report is prepared annually by the department’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs, and it assesses efforts by more than 140 countries to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. As Secretary Perez […]

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Labor Commitments in Trade Agreements: “More than Words on a Page”

Filed in Child Labor, Workplace Rights by on September 19, 2014 0 Comments
Labor Commitments in Trade Agreements: “More than Words on a Page”

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to join U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, and several members of Congress in announcing an unprecedented action to  enforce a U.S. free trade agreement on behalf of workers in Guatemala and here at home.  This action was taken after years of working closely with the Guatemalan […]

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Protecting Workers & Preventing Unfair Competition

Filed in Child Labor, DOL, Safety, Workplace Rights by on July 30, 2014 1 Comment
Protecting Workers & Preventing Unfair Competition

There has been significant interest recently in Wage and Hour Division’s use of the “hot goods” provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act. While it is not a tool we use frequently, it is an important part of enforcement of our nation’s wage and hour laws. In passing the FLSA, Congress acknowledged the inherent competitive […]

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Survivor Stories: World Day Against Child Labor

Filed in Child Labor, DOL by on June 13, 2014 0 Comments
Survivor Stories: World Day Against Child Labor

Yesterday, to commemorate World Day Against Child Labor, I had the honor of participating in a program hosted by our Department of Homeland Security where two survivors of forced child labor shared their harrowing stories. Their remarks helped all of us, onstage and in the audience, reflect on the progress we have made, but also […]

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Mobilizing Philippine Communities After the Typhoon

Filed in Child Labor, DOL by on May 14, 2014 1 Comment
Mobilizing Philippine Communities After the Typhoon

When Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines last November, many families – who were already struggling to make ends meet – suffered catastrophic losses. Families lost their homes, farmers lost their crops and their main sources of income, and the prices of food and other commodities spiked. The widespread devastation also posed a challenge for the […]

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Promising Futures

Filed in Child Labor, Workplace Rights by on April 30, 2014 3 Comments

Every morning, 13-year-old Al-aabel wakes up at 5:30 am and boards a bus — bound not for school, but for a garbage dump. Here he, like many children in Jordan, spends his days collecting and selling scrap materials to support his family. No child should be forced to forfeit a promising future just to survive, […]

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Another Step Forward in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Filed in Child Labor, DOL by on January 14, 2014 0 Comments
Another Step Forward in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Editor’s note: This has been cross-posted from the White House blog and is authored by Cecilia Muñoz. In September 2012 at the Clinton Global Initiative, President Obama made a commitment to step up our fight against the evils of human trafficking and pledged to “do even more to help victims recover and rebuild their lives.” Today, as […]

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Transforming Dreams for Child Laborers

Filed in Child Labor, Education, Workplace Rights by on September 30, 2013 1 Comment
Transforming Dreams for Child Laborers

This photograph from one of our projects in Malawi captures what’s at stake in the global fight against child labor. In it, we see children who have escaped child labor standing outside of a learning center holding up signs that express their dreams for the future. The boy in the center of the photo holds […]

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