Citing a dramatic increase in farm deaths in recent months, the children of dozens of Amish families have announced their plans to unionize, with safer working conditions being their main goal.
Spokesman Amos King, 6, of Kinzers made the announcement Friday while feeding tree branches into a 50 horsepower diesel wood chipper on his family farm, without any adult supervision. “It was God’s will that I lost my left-hand thumb in that machine two years ago, but I don’t want to lose my other one or have a hay bail fall on me like when God willed my brother to heaven yesterday.”
Teamsters Local 666 laid out the demands of the Amish children in an email to POL:
- 90 hour work week (75 for those under 2 years old)
- 5 minute break for lunch OR prayer, twice a week
- Small finger guards for machinery
- Access to same veterinary care as farm donkeys, mules, and horses
The Eastern Lancaster County Ordnung is expected to vote on the union at next month’s mud sale in Fivepointville.