Children Go Where I Send Thee: Die.
1938: For the first time, minimum ages of employment and hours of work for children are regulated by federal law
One afternoon last fall, the 17-year-old Guatemala native ran a machine to grind damaged pallets into mulch. When a co-worker at the Greensboro plant returned from another task, he didn't see Nery – until he looked inside the shredder. “A person shouldn't die like this,” said older brother Luis. “…He came with a dream and found death.” [Ames Alexander+Franco Ordonez/CharlotteObserver: Child labor going largely unchecked]
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the National Asssociation of Manufacturers are the two principal organizations who have consistently fought against regulation in the workplace of all types. Their argument has not changed - ever - and is still quoted by our "21st Century Media" every single time there is a workplace accident and/or injury: "jobs will be lost if . . ". Followed immediately by: "Our [org] is saddened by the loss of one of our valued employees. Every effort is being made to reinforce the importance of following our strict safety regulations."
The American Public being a humongous ass in buying those offal-as-gospel recorded responses, I see no possible hope of even a minimal nod to fairness and equity in the workplace. Safety and wages be damned, the company has a duty to it's shareholders.
Damndest thing is, we had a safer, more educated and informed workforce before we became so "advanced". Ain't that a hoot.