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U.N. Says Child Labor Down by One Third Since 2000

Monday, 23 September 2013 04:59

This is an impressive accomplishment that deserves some attention.

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written by David M, September 23, 2013 11:54
Thanks for sharing this. Too often, when faced with inherently bad situations like child labor, people are unable to appreciate when they do actually get better. It's important to celebrate the successes, even if they're not complete.
It gets even better...
written by David M, September 23, 2013 11:59
That one-third drop is in absolute terms, but the world population has increased by 17%, so drop in the rate of child labor is even greater, and this from the report:
the number of children doing hazardous work, including jobs with toxic substances or dangerous machinery, fell by about half over 12 years
Cynical view
written by Melissa, September 24, 2013 6:32
Is this just a consequence of greater unemployment among adults? I could see adults driving children (their job competitors) out of the job market when jobs are scarce.
Is there historical precedent for the idea that anti-child labor laws build during recessions and other times of low adult employment?
From the Obamacare Column
written by EMichael, September 24, 2013 9:20
I cannot seem to find an explanation for this comment in Mr. Baker's latest HuffPost column:

"And the plan will effectively penalize many workers who get insurance through union-sponsored plans, since they will not be eligible for subsidies through the exchanges."

I am under the impression that union members receive the tax subsidies for their union-sponsored plans", just like all Americans who have employer provided insurance.

I am also under the impression that no one who receives employer provided insurance is eligible for the tax subsidies available to those who buy their insurance on the exchanges.

Why should union members get both?

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