Gov. Schwarzenegger Proclaims May Safe Jobs for Youth Month; Lewis Hine Child Labor Photographs Offer Historical Context For Observance.
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SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 13, 2004
Child labor photographs by Lewis Hine highlight the importance of Gov. Schwarzenegger's declaration of May as Safe Jobs for Youth Month. The exhibit, entitled "Let Children be Children: Lewis Wickes Hine's Crusade against Child Labor", is sponsored by the California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC CHSWC Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation ) and opens at Los Angeles City Hall May 17, running through June 25. An opening reception will be held May 17 from 10 a.m. - noon.
"The Lewis Hine photos provide an opportunity to educate young workers, parents and employers on workplace rights and responsibilities," said CHSWC Executive Officer Christine Baker. "We're pleased to play a vital role in the area of young worker health and safety."
Hine took hundreds of photos documenting the harsh working conditions of child laborers employed in sweatshops, mining, agriculture, canning and manufacturing in the early 1900s. His powerful photographs were instrumental in the passage of landmark child labor laws Federal and state legislation that protects children by restricting the type and hours of work they perform.
The specific purpose of child labor laws is to safeguard children against harm generally associated with child labor, such as exposure to hazardous, unsanitary, or in 1938.
While conditions have vastly improved since then, the fact remains that over 230,000 young workers are injured on the job every year - twice the rate of adult workers - underscoring the importance of educating young workers about their rights, and how to protect themselves on the job.
More than a dozen students from North Hollywood High School North Hollywood High School, originally called Lankershim High School when it opened in 1927, is a secondary school in North Hollywood in Los Angeles, California. The school mascot is the husky, and the school colors are blue, white, grey. are promoting the Hine photo exhibit on campus, staffing the opening reception, and acting as photo exhibit docents, while participating in an ongoing service-learning project with UCLA's Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program (LOSH LOSH Loggerhead Shrike (bird species Lanius ludovicianus)
LOSH Labor Occupational Safety & Health Program ), the Constitutional Rights Foundation and the Los Angeles Unified School District The Los Angeles Unified School District (the "LAUSD") is the largest (in terms of number of students) public school system in California and the second-largest in the United States. Only the New York City Department of Education has a larger student population. .
Young workers face potential hazards from:
-- Powered equipment such as box crushers, bakery machines and
-- Late hours, which increase risks and vulnerability to crime
-- Long hours, which create potential hazards when working alone
and experiencing frequent contact with the public
-- Unsafe or broken equipment
-- Cooking with hot oil and on hot cooking surfaces.
Safe Jobs for Youth Month events:
-- Exhibit of Lewis Hine child labor photos at the Los Angeles
City Hall Land Bridge, May 17-June 25, 2004. Opening reception
May 17, 10 a.m. - noon
-- Special tours of the Hine photos and workshops for teachers
and students May 18-20, 2004
-- 2004 Safe Jobs for Youth Month resource kit available for
free, to plan workshops or events. Call 1-888-933-8336 or
-- Job safety and labor law fact sheets for teens working in a
variety of industries on the Department of Industrial
Relations Web site at www.dir.ca.gov.
Organized by the George Eastman House, the Lewis Hine exhibition is sponsored by the California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation, State Compensation Insurance Fund The State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF or State Fund) is a workers' compensation insurer that is operated as a public enterprise created by the U.S. state of California. , UCLA-Labor Occupational Safety and Health (LOSH) Program, UCLA Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, Teamsters Joint Council 42, Los Angeles City Attorney The Los Angeles City Attorney is an elected official whose job is to prosecute all of the misdemeanor criminal offenses within the city of Los Angeles, California, United States. , City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department The City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department is the official Los Angeles, California, USA arts council.
The agency approves the design of structures built on or over City property and accepts works of art to be acquired by the City. , and funded in part by a grant from the California Wellness Foundation. Generous support came from the California Regional Environmental Community-LA Region, Constitutional Rights Foundation, Facing History and Ourselves-LA Region, LAUSD LAUSD Los Angeles Unified School District (Los Angeles, CA) Local District B, LAUSD Service Learning Task Force, LAUSD school board member Marlene Canter, LAUSD Work Experience Office, and Skirball Cultural Center This article or section is written like an .
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Editors note: Interviews with young workers can be arranged.