Congressman Labrador Introduces H.R. 1215
The Future Logging Careers Act
Ensures the next generation of mechanical timber harvesting businesses
On March 3, 2015, Congressman Raul Labrador (R-ID) introduced H.R. 1215, the Future Logging Careers Act in the United Sates House of Representatives that included original cosponsors Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA), Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI), Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID), Rep. Dan Benishek (R-MI), Rep. Stevan Pearce (R-NM), Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX), Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR) and Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI). The Bill would help to ensure that the 16 and 17 year old sons and daughters of family-owned timber harvesting businesses are able to begin following in the footsteps of their parents by amending the Fair Labor Standards Act to allow for the exemption.
Like farming and ranching, the timber harvesting profession is often a family run business where the practice and techniques of harvesting and transporting forest products to receiving mills is passed down from generation to generation. Timber harvesting operations are similar to family farms with sophisticated and expensive harvesting equipment that requires young men and women to learn how to run the business, including equipment operation and maintenance, prior to the age of eighteen.
The amendment would only apply to those sixteen and seventeen year old children who would be working under the direct supervision of their parent or by a person
standing in place of their parent in a logging or mechanized operation owned or operated by such parent or person. The bill excludes the manual use of chain saws for felling and processing timber as well as operating cable skidders, which are not considered operations in a mechanized timber harvesting operation.
Members of the American Loggers Council support H.R. 1215 and are urging members of Congress to support the legislation to ensure the long term health of the logging industry and support the entrance of youth into this vital economic sector of our country.
About American Loggers Council
The American Loggers Council is a non-profit 501(c)(6) organization representing timber harvesting professionals in 30 states. For more information contact the American Loggers Council office at 409-625-0206 or visit their website at www.americanloggers.org.