FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 25, 2005

CONTACT:
Christine Baker
510-622-3959


SAFE JOBS FOR YOUTH: A JOINT PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT
CELEBRATES SAFE JOBS FOR YOUTH MONTH, MAY 2005

OAKLAND -- In observance of Safe Jobs for Youth Month in May, the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC) would like to invite you to attend a joint exhibit of photographs from two collections:

Lewis Hine, perhaps the most important photographer of child labor in the United States in the early 1900s, left a legacy that influences debate about child labor even today. Child labor laws in the United States, which define and prohibit hazardous and harmful work, apply to young persons younger than age 18. Child labor is more common in other parts of the world, where there is little or no protection from child labor laws. Child Labor and the Global Village: Photography for Social Change is a team of 11 photographers who photograph child workers around the globe in order to document their lives.

This joint exhibit offers a rare opportunity to see similarities between both the child labor problem of the early 20th century in the United States and in the global community today.

The exhibit is free and runs through May 27, 2005, at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, San Jose State University, 150 East San Fernando Street, in San Jose. Hours are Monday - Thursday, 8am-10pm; Friday, 8am-6pm; Saturday, 9am-6pm; Sunday, 1pm-7pm.

An opening reception will be held Monday, May 2, 2005, 6 - 8 pm, at the library. Students, teachers, and members of the community are invited. Please RSVP to workingsafe@dir.ca.gov.

In addition to the exhibit, there will be guided photo tours, a lecture and slide show and training sessions for teachers and students. Posters created by California teens to bring attention to Safe Jobs for Youth Month, May 2005, are also on exhibit at the library in the Teen Center.

The joint photography exhibit is co-sponsored by the California Department of Industrial Relations, the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation, the United States Department of Labor, the UC Berkeley Labor Occupational Health Program, the California Resource Network for Young Worker Health and Safety, and Child Labor and the Global Village: Photography for Social Change.

To address teen worker injuries in California, CHSWC convened a statewide task force on young worker health and safety. The task force, now called the California Partnership for Young Worker Health and Safety, brings together key representatives from government agencies and statewide organizations that are involved with California youth employment and education issues or that can otherwise play a role in educating and protecting young workers.

Information about the California Partnership for Young Worker Health and Safety and the exhibit is available at www.youngworkers.org, by writing to the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation, 1515 Clay Street, Oakland, CA 94612, by calling (510) 622-3959, by faxing a request to (510) 622-3265, or by emailing chswc@dir.ca.gov.

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