On Feb. 27, the UFCW responded to the Biden Administration’s announcement about steps it is taking to address child labor violations and called on Congress to provide resources for this effort.
“Today, the Biden Administration outlined a clear plan to crack down on the corporate employers who have engaged in egregious child labor violations across the country,” said UFCW International President Marc Perrone in a statement. “The UFCW calls on Congress to provide every resource necessary to address this and stop these cruel violations of the law.”
“It is striking that in 2023, the Department of Labor has found hundreds of violations across the country, impacting thousands of children, including unaccompanied minors who migrated to the U.S. in hopes of a better life. Many of these employers have repeatedly engaged in vicious union-busting tactics and exploited workers – and now children. These employers must be held accountable to the full extent of the law, and prohibited from ever being able to violate workers’ rights again. Now, our elected leaders know what needs to be done to protect American workers – and children especially – from corporate greed and profit chasing. It is time to act, and for our nation’s political leaders – of both parties – to protect our children.”