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Sara Ziff: America’s Next Top Role Model

Sara Ziff: America’s Next Top Role Model

In the latest feature on the AFL-CIO’s Our Values @Work site, Ashley Lewis speaks with Sara Ziff, the founder of the Model Alliance that is bringing about dramatic change for models and other workers in the fashion industry. As a 14-year-old model barely out of middle school, Ziff found that sexual harassment and fighting for wages owed to her were all too common.

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Building Maine’s Economy, One Child Laborer at a Time

Building Maine’s Economy, One Child Laborer at a Time

Gov. Paul LePage (R-Maine), whose pants burst into flames over an outrageously false claim about lazy Mainers in October, is back in the headlines over a bizarre scheme to put the state’s economy back on its feet by putting 12-year-olds to work.

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113 Nations Make Progress in Ending Worst Forms of Child Labor

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Working with her family in Malawi’s agriculture fields, where she toils in the hot sun, 8-year-old Ethel says when she harvests produce, “I get headaches and pain in my stomach.”

Ethel is one of 168 million child laborers around the world, 85 million of whom work in hazardous conditions. The 12th annual Department of Labor report, 2012 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor, released [Sept. 30], chronicles the progress of 143 governments in combating the worst forms of child labor, which includes working in agriculture like Ethel.

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Financing Forced Labor in the Cotton Fields of Uzbekistan

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To most families in the United States, early September means back to school and heading to the football or soccer fields. To Uzbekistan’s families, September means the government forces many adults and children into the fields to pick cotton. Since this year’s harvest began, three young people have died. The youngest was a six-year-old boy, Amirbek Rachmatow, who suffocated under a pile of cotton on Sept. 15.

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ILO: Child Labor Declines, Worst Forms Will Remain by 2016

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The number of child laborers has declined by one-third globally, from 246 million in 2000 to 168 million in 2012, according to an International Labor Organization (ILO) report released Monday. Yet the report also shows that despite the reduction, the worst forms of child labor will not be eliminated by 2016, a goal sought by the ILO and its international allies.

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ILO: 52 Million in Domestic Work Worldwide

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This is a cross-post from the AFL-CIO Solidarity Center’s Tula Connell.

Some 52 million people older than 15—primarily women—labor as domestic workers around the world, according to a report released today by the International Labor Organization (ILO). Of those, 83 percent are women. The vast number of domestic workers, 21.4 million, are in Asia and the Pacific region, with 19.6 million in Latin America, 5.2 million in Africa and 2.1 million in the Middle East.

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Pro-Worker Musical 'NEWSIES' Seizes the Day with an AEA Outstanding Broadway Chorus Award

It's only fitting the musical version of the story of the 1899 Newsboys Strike in New York City would garner the Actors' Equity (AEA) Advisory Committee on Chorus Affairs (ACCA) Sixth Annual ACCA Award for Outstanding Broadway Chorus. The Broadway musical lifts up the true events of newsboys (a.k.a. "newsies") who organized together in a successful two-week strike against newspaper giants Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst for better wages. 

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New Reports Spotlight ‘Worst Forms’ of Child Labor Around the Globe

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Around the globe, 215 million children are engaged in child labor, including an estimated 6 million in forced labor. Annual reports, released this week by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), tracks the progress and lack of progress in combating child labor. The reports, said Labor Secretary Hilda Solis:   

Remind us of what happens to the most vulnerable members of society when poverty and labor exploitation unite.

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FLSA: 74 Years Fighting Child Labor and Still Going

Rose Biodo, Philadelphia, 10 years old. Working three summers, minds baby and carries berries, two pecks at a time. Whites Bog, Brown Mills, N.J., 09/28/1910

Anastasia Christman is a senior policy analyst with the National Employment Law Project.

Last month activists all over the planet shined a light on the persistence of child labor on the World Day Against Child Labor. As many as 215 million children worldwide lose the chance to learn, play and grow as they instead are compelled to join the workforce, often under grueling conditions. As we in the United States celebrate the anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) passed in 1938, we should recommit to the part of its mission dedicated to fighting oppressive child labor in our own country. 

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Labor, Politics and Brazil’s Transformation

Labor, Politics and Brazil’s Transformation

At a time of economic turmoil and austerity measures in many countries, Brazil is getting deserved recognition for its successes in lifting nearly 40 million of its citizens out of extreme poverty over the past 10 years while fostering economic expansion for the nation.

A well-attended brown bag discussion at the AFL-CIO this week provided background on Brazil’s transformation, insights about the work needed to continue improving conditions for Brazilian workers and unions and food for thought about the examples Brazil has set for the United States and the world.

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