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					Name__________________________ Home Team:

Date________________ Child Labor is Back (HW grade)

Eleven-year-old Halima Works on Hanes Underwear (pages 7-15)
Working almost 50 hours per week, Halima “earns just 6 ½ cents per hour, 53 cents a day, $3.20 a week” (page 7). The average hourly Vermont minimum wage is $8.06 per hour; 124 times Halima’s salary.
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Let’s understand the pay difference: If we ignore the issue that an 11-year-old working fulltime and we round down Halima’s weekly work schedule to 49 hours, how much would she earn per week in Vermont if she earned $8.06 per hour for her first 40 hours worked, and $12.09 per hour (“time and a half”) for all hours worked beyond 40?
Vermont wages Hourly rate: Hourly rate: Halima’s wages

$8.06 x 40 = $__________ Overtime hourly rate:

6 ½ cents x 49 = $3.18

$12.09 x 9 = $__________ Total per week: $___________ Total per week: $ 3.18

What is your reaction to Halima’s salary when it is compared to a minimum wage earning person in Vermont?
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After reading Halima’s story, and realizing what she is forced to experience, where would you rate her life:
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Worst

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Best

Use complete sentences to provide three examples from the Halima reading to support the rating you gave her life. Explain the significance of each example:
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