Today in Labor History: February 24
Congress passes a federal child labor tax law that imposed a 10 percent tax on companies that employ children, defined as anyone under the age of 16 working in a mine/quarry or under the age 14 in a “mill, cannery, workshop, factory, or manufacturing establishment.” The Supreme Court ruled the law unconstitutional three years later – 1919
(Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor: Your heart will be broken by this exceptional book’s photographs of children at backbreaking, often life-threatening work, and the accompanying commentary by author Russell Freedman. Photographer Lewis Hine—who himself died in poverty in 1940—did as much, and perhaps more, than any social critic in the early part of the 20th century to expose the abuse of children, as young as three and four, by American capitalism.)
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Cool Labor Site: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
Is it possible that you or someone you know may be owed a pension benefit without knowing it? If you worked for a company in the past that went out of business or ended its defined benefit pension plan, you may be entitled to pension money. http://search.pbgc.gov/mp/mp.aspx