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Children's Act for Responsible Employment

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Children's Act for Responsible Employment (CARE Act) is a United States bill that would bring parity of labor conditions to children field workers that are afforded to minors in other occupations. Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard’s introduced of the Children’s Act for Responsible Employment (CARE Act, HR 3564) bill in September 2009.

Children as young as 12 years of age who work as many as 12 hours a day, six months a year, subject to hazardous conditions: heat exposure, pesticides, and dangerous work. The agriculture industry has been subject to significantly more lenient labor laws than any other occupation in the United States. As a result, lack of consistent schooling significantly limits their opportunities of succeeding in high school or more. The hazardous conditions threaten their health and lives.

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For me, it - it has been the - to be that guy that does what people say can't be done. You know and I think it started with trying to please my mother and trying to please my grandmother and they always wanted higher for me. They always wanted more for me and it got to the point that I wanted to be something. I wanted to be somebody and it made me choose certain roles, it made me turn down certain roles there is more than an image that I want to project. I want to be the person that is the first person there and the last person to leave. That's what I want to be because I think that the the road to success is through commitment and through the strength to drive through that commitment when it gets hard and it is going to get hard and you're going to want to quit sometimes but it'll be colored by who you are and more who you want to be. I definitely found that wanting to be an actor stems from wanting to be somebody. My mom wanted me be a truck driver because that would mean I would make $24,000 a year if I went to Truck Masters and I'll be twice what my father made and she thought that would happen but something inside of me said I don't want to drive a truck. There's something else that matters more to me and I decided I was not going to go for money instead of passion and the rewards been pretty amazingly better than being a truck drive. It's not bad being a truck driver it's just not what I was after and I I look back and one of the things that helped me was my original teacher Jim Rohn, who was a personal development speaker I went to hear when I was 17 he said so the first time I heard him he said 'you know it's really simple if you want life to change, you got to change. If you want life to be better you've got to get better. It's the only way it happens and luck will show up for people and it will leave them but if you're constantly improving who you are and what you give, game over. See if you can find some ways to multiply your value to the market and he said your income will immediately start to change. See if you go through life holding back and most of us do, most of us if we ask ourselves have we done all we can do? Most of us will have to answer, no we haven't. We've been holding back. We have ideas that we don't act on things we want to do, we're afraid to take chances, we go through life trying to seek security and not coming outside of our comfort zone and we take most of our stuff with us to the grave. Up until then I was hoping that the economy would change, I was hoping that my company would change, I was hoping that my paycheck would change, I was hoping that circumstances outside would change and here's what I found out. It isn't going to change. So then my question was if it isn't going to change, how will my life ever change and here's what my teacher taught me. When you change, when you change, everything will change for you and I'm saying that the fact that you're still here that you're still breathing you've got some more work and you owe it to yourself. You owe it to yourself so when you get up in the morning that you can look yourself in the face and say hey I'm living my life on my terms. Change your question, change your life. When it comes to planning your life I want to get you to learn to ask three questions now. The question you want to ask yourself is what do I want? What's my outcome? What's my result? The word R.P.M. The first one is to get you focused on the target. The target is not the activity, the activity can change. Its what the - what's the result I'm after. If you know exactly what it is you really want, what you desire, what you're really after, clarity is power. The more clear you are in specifically what you want the faster your brain can get you there but if you're generally saying things like what do I want, 'well you know I want more money', 'fine, here's a dollar get out of here.' Whether you get the outcome or not whether you get that result will be based firstly of clarity and the second thing is whether you get enough emotional juice to keep going after it when things don't work out. Did you achieve the outcome? Yeah, when you're that general, you might be - you think you're not getting your goal, you are. The way you language your goal, the way you think about it, you're receiving it. You know you know, I, you know I want to feel a bit better. I want to lose some weight fine, you lost the pound you're done. When you get better, everything will get better for you and that's where I picked up that phrase: for things to change, you've got to change. You don't have to change the marketplace you don't have to change the marketing plan, you don't have to change the economy, you don't have to change countries, you don't have to change circumstances out there, all you've got to do is look within and see if you can change yourself for the better and as you change, things will start to change for you. What's the result I'm after, what's the ultimate result, what do I want out of this week, out of this thing, out of my business, out of my life, for my body. Don't concern yourself too much with how you're going to achieve your goal leave that completely to a Power greater than yourself. All you have to do is know where you're going the answers will come to you of their own accord. Here's my best advice: welcome all experiences, you never know which one is going to turn everything on. Are there going to be some moments when you want to give up? Yes. Will there be some moments when it's going to seem like it's impossible, the pain that you're experiencing, the disappointment that you're experiencing that you're going to say it's not worth it? Yes, that's - that's going to be right there for you. It's going to be in your face telling you to go back. When we think about changing our lives usually that means changing your behaviors or retraining yourself, getting new habits, going out and trying them out and changing your life. This is about changing your thoughts and then your life will change. Change your thoughts change your life. Benjamin Disraeli said nothing can resist a human will that will stake its existence on its purpose. Shortly put, I'll do it or die. Know that all you have to do is hold your goal before you. Everything else will take care of itself and I can tell you that it doesn't make any difference what age you are, whether you're a teenager watching this or whether you're someone in your 60s, 70s, 80s or anywhere along the way, you can make that change. Every thought, every feeling, every emotion you experience in this lifetime is shaped by beliefs and values. All of your life is controlled by decisions you make. Decisions about what to believe, decisions about what to feel, decisions about what to do and most of us are on automatic pilot letting the world trigger us instead of taking back control of our life and when you do that, just think of it this way. Anything you want to change, you want to change your body, you want to change your career, your business, your relationship what to do requires the right strategy. If you want to lose weight and keep it off you can't obviously just throw your pendulum and go on some silly diet. You have to know the things that're going to give you lasting results, so we teach those strategies but some people even know what to do but they don't do it and why are we able to get people to do it, to follow through because 80% of success in anything my friends, is psychology and 20% is mechanics. What that means is there's how to do stuff and there's why to do stuff. How to do it, is not that complex and if you really learn from somebody who knows those refined distinctions they can - they can show you those tipping points. Those things you can do where in the least amount of time, you get the biggest result. As you look at yourself as a business operator, as you look at yourself as an entrepreneur as you look at yourself as a person that want to make a mark with your life, that want to leave a legacy, you've got to be hungry. It's better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one, than to have an opportunity and not be prepared. You want to find people who master that because success leaves clues and that's the same thing I'm suggesting to you. Whatever area that you want to go in, if it's finances and business, insurance industry, whatever area that you're interested in, find the people who are mastering that and follow their example. Watch your relationships. They are nourishing relationships and there are toxic relationships. Nourishing relationships, they bring the best out of you, they inspire you. Toxic relationships, they drain you. People that are hungry, are willing to do the things that the others won't do, in order to have the things tomorrow others won't have. People that are hungry believe always strive to get on top in life because it's the bottom that's overcrowded. People that are hungry know if you want to be successful, you must be willing to do the things today others won't do, in order to have the things tomorrow others won't have. If you do what is easy, your life will be hard. Complain, point at your circumstances, give up your power, blame the government, blame the economy. f you do what is easy, your life will be hard but if you do what is hard, your life will be easy. It's hard to make a radical change in your behavior. It's hard to take ownership, it's hard to swallow the bitter pill that wherever you find yourself, at some point in time you made an appointment to be there. It's hard. It's hard. If you do what is easy, your life will be hard. If you do what is hard, your life will be easy.

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Background

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) has different standards for children working in agriculture than in any other industry. The Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs estimates that there are between 400,000 and 500,000 children working in the farming industry. Children as young as 12 years of age work in the fields. There is no maximum number of hours worked a day, aside from being outside of school hours. They are exposed to the sun, harmful pesticides and hazardous conditions. Children are in up to three times greater danger of exposure to pesticides than adults due to their size and stage of development. The fatality rate is six times that in any other industry: children account for 20% of all deaths on farms. Although agriculture is a hazardous occupation, no statistics are maintained on child laborers and serious accidents.[1]

Children who work on farms or in fields spend on average 30 hours a week, even during times of the year when school is in session. Of the children who work on farms, 50% of them will not graduate from high school.[1] The United States Department of Labor estimates that children earn about $1,000 in one year.[2]

CARE legislation

Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard introduced of the Children’s Act for Responsible Employment (CARE Act, HR 3564) bill in September 2009. The Children’s Act for Responsible Employment (CARE Act, HR 3564) addresses the harshest conditions that tens of thousands of children as young as 12 years of age may be subject to, such as restrictions in the number of hours that children work in a day. The intention of the bill is to raise the standard for children working in agriculture to that of any other occupation in the United States. As of September 1, 2010 the bill had 103 co-sponsors. While on Capitol Hill, Longoria and Romano showed scenes from the feature-length documentary to illustrate the harsh working conditions and exploitation of children in the fields.[3]

In September 2009 a panel discussion was hosted by Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and including Dolores Huerta of the United Farm Workers, filmmaker Robin Romano, Mark Lara from the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, and other experts. During the presentation, details of Roybal-Allard's bill were outlined: a child must be a minimum of 14 years of age to work in the fields, children under the age of 16 are restricted from working in the fields if it affects their health or school performance, and children under the age of 18 are restricted from hazardous work.[4]

The Harvest documentary film

The Harvest (documentary) film was viewed at a United States Department of Labor panel discussion in September, 2009. The film revisits Edward R. Murrow’s Harvest of Shame, filmed 40 years ago, and reveals that little has changed over the past four decades in the lives of migrant farm workers in the United States. The purpose of the documentary is to bring awareness of the harsh working conditions which tens of thousands of children face in the fields of the United States each year and to enact the Children's Act for Responsible Employment (CARE Act, HR 3564) which will bring parity of labor conditions to field workers that are afforded to minors in other occupations.[4]

On the one-year anniversary of the Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard’s introduction of the CARE Act legislation in September 2009, Eva Longoria and film director U. Roberto Romano visited Capitol Hill to continue to bring awareness of the bill and the plight of minor children working in the fields.[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Learn the Facts". Children in the Fields. Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs. 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-27.
  2. ^ "2011 Year of the Farmworker Child". Children in the Fields. Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs. 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-27.
  3. ^ a b "Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, Press Release". Offices of Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard. Sep 15, 2010. Retrieved 2011-05-27.
  4. ^ a b "Department of Labor, Panel Discussion About Migrant Farm Worker Children". Newsroom, Audio and Video, Better Work Program. U.S. Department of Labor. September 16, 2009. Retrieved 2011-05-27' See the video of the DOL panel discussion for more information and a trailer

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