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By Michael Lynders, a student at Shelton High

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May is Young Worker Health and Safety Month

The above presentation is a historical and chronological reminder of why there are child labor laws protecting America's youngest workers. 100 years ago, 146 workers perished in the memorable Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire.  Many of them were teenagers who were working 10-12 hour days, 6 days a week in unsafe workplaces. Since then numerous laws have been passed which limit hours and address the conditions in which high school age teens can work.

An exhibit will feature the Governor's Proclamation that May is Young Worker Safety Month, a listing of important activities and events relating to young workers, and the top entries of the Young Worker Health and Safety Logo contest.

Entries for the Logo contest must be submitted to the AFL-CIO in Wethersfield, CT by April 25th or April 26th between 10 and 4 pm. The winner will receive $500. For more information about the contest, contact Deborah.Pease@po.state.ct.us.

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