Hi there,

Please don’t turn away from this message. Democracy Now! is a free source of independent news for tens of millions of people around the world, but less than 1% of our global audience donates to support our critical journalism. Let’s pick up the percentage! Today, a generous contributor will DOUBLE your donation to Democracy Now!, which means if you give $10, we’ll get $20. Please don’t miss out on this opportunity to double your impact. Democracy Now! doesn't accept advertising income, corporate underwriting or government funding because nothing is more important to us than our editorial independence. We rely on you for support—and we’re counting on you right now. I hope you’ll give as much as you can today. Every dollar makes a difference. Thanks so much.
-Amy Goodman

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.


Labor Department Opens Probe of Child Labor at Perdue and Tyson Foods

HeadlineOct 03, 2023

The U.S. Department of Labor has launched an investigation into child labor at poultry processors Perdue and Tyson Foods. The probe comes after lawmakers grilled the head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration about reports in The New York Times about migrant children getting burned and maimed on the job at Perdue and Tyson slaughterhouses. This is North Carolina Congressmember Alma Adams, ranking Democrat on the House Workforce Protections Subcommittee, whose repeated requests for a hearing on child labor violations have gone ignored by the committee’s Republican chair, Virginia Foxx.

Rep. Alma Adams: “Thanks to recent news investigations, we also know that children, especially unaccompanied migrant children, have been suffering all manner of harms in jobs that they should not be working on in the first place. But take a closer look at those stories: chemicals so caustic that they burn through multiple layers of gloves, machines without guards to prevent people’s arms or hands from getting mangled, food dust and cleaning chemical fumes that irritate the sinuses and lungs. These stories are not only about children in desperate circumstances, they’re also about workplaces that are dangerous to people of all ages.”

Click here to see our interview with The New York Times’s Hannah Dreier about her investigation into child labor in the United States.

The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.
Make a donation