It’s clear that OSHA does not have the funding will
support necessary to do all that he could do. The amount of support can vary
from administration to administration. Based upon one of your resources, Nader
was very vocal about the lack of support under prior administration. Have the
reviews been better with the present administration? Has OSHA become more
You are correct that imposing OSHA standards does
raise the cost for the business. In order to ensure that we have a safe
environment and that our employees are protected, additional steps frequently
must be taken which means an additional cost. Is this why some few OSHA
as the "villain"? If these standards are imposed, are the
employees always happy? What could be a consequence of these raised standards?
Now, is all child labor illegal? Can children work in
the United States? What makes it illegal?
Again, I think we have a good discussion about
sweatshop labor and human trafficking. It seems that human trafficking can be
one way that businesses can get people working in their sweatshops, if the
community at large does not provide sufficient numbers to run the facility.
You also raise an interesting point. In many of these communities, there is no school
available for these children. If these opportunities don't exist, wouldn't
doing some work be productive for even children? Is it more a question of what
type of work and how many hours they are working?