Multiple child labor violations have been assessed at a Church of Wells lumber mill operation – Custom Cut Lumber – located in Alto, Texas, USA.

 

 

 

Name of Minor: Joshua Dedios

Date of Birth: 06-05-2001

Violation(s): Section 51.014 (29 CFR Subpart 570.54) provides that the employment of minors between 16 and 18 years of age to be hazardous for forest fire fighting and prevention, timber and tract occupations, forestry service occupations, logging occupations, and occupations in operation of any sawmill, lathe mill, shingle mill, or cooperage stock mill, and includes occupations involved in feeding material into saw.

 

Name of Minor: Joshua Dedios

Date of Birth: 06/05/2001

Violation(s): Section 51.014 (29 CFR Subpart 570.58) provides that the employment of minors between 16 and 18 years of age to be hazardous for occupations involved in the operation of power-driven hoisting apparatus, which include occupations involved in operating front loader (forklift).

 

Name of Minor: Ethan Wiegand

Date of Birth: 10/17/2006

Violation(s): Section 51.001 of the Texas Labor Code provides that a person commits an offense if the person employs a child under 14 years of age. Performing hazardous occupations, operating front loader (forklift), operating saw, pulling wood from chain.

 

Name of Minor: Warren Wiegand

Date of Birth: 06/07/2005

Violation(s): Section 51.001 of the Texas Labor Code provides that a person commits an offense if the person employs a child under 14 years of age. Performing hazardous occupations, operating front loader (forklift), operating saw, pulling wood from chain.

 

Name of Minor: Michael Smith

Date of Birth: 12/19/2006

Violation(s): Section 51.001 of the Texas Labor Code provides that a person commits an offense if the person employs a child under 14 years of age. Performing hazardous occupation pulling wood from chain.

 

 

This exploitation of minors was reported by several defectors in Lima, Peru.  See their letter of warning below in both Spanish and English.

 

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English warning pg1
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12 thoughts on “Multiple Child Labor Violations at Church of Wells owned Custom Cut Lumber

  1. Anonymous,

    Please don’t be so quick to judge my motives. I have never been to Wells and am not looking for information for them. I do know them and have known them to follow the law, which is why I was questioning this post. On my end, it seems like those who oppose them are quick to find a way to try to get them in trouble. In this case, it happens to be some young boys who are learning to work (as God commanded) and no, it’s not slave labor as some have indicated elsewhere. Boys need to work, and they thrive on it. My own brothers grew up working hard and now as grown men, they have a great work ethic. I am sure their education is not being hindered in the process. Amish and Mennonites also teach their children to work from a young age and they are some of the best workers I’ve known. I would much rather see boys stacking lumber ( or whatever they have been doing) than holed up in their room with video games.

    I was asking because I am not one to just take anyone’s word, but rather try to find out the facts. I wanted to see for myself whether these things were true. Because I have seen so many things from Wells twisted into something they aren’t, I just desired to see if they were truly breaking the law. So I started doing my own research. So far, I have seen no evidence that they are being unlawful. I remember a comment made once by a member there (can’t remember where it was posted) that no laws are being broken and I will believe that until it is plain and clear otherwise.

  2. Apilgrim is just phishing for information on behalf of the COW. What is alarming is how quick and adamant he(or she) is to find the “exceptions” and “hard proof.” They know they dont care about the law they’re trying see who-knows-what and how much they can legally get away with and what they’ll have to cover up. Classic cult tactic.

  3. APilgrim, we don’t have that information. The investigation letter says that violations were given after an investigation of the business. It is doubtful that violations would be given without actual offenses having first been determined. We only report information that we are given, but we would gladly welcome more details if you can find them.

  4. More kids need to learn to work. If our ancestors had you liberals running things back then we wouldnt have a country.

  5. I have read it all. Perhaps I should ask this way, maybe it would be more clear: Is there hard evidence (photos, video, etc) and/or did the investigator actually see this happen (assuming she visited the site before writing the letter?) or is this violation letter based off of what others have said? Anybody can claim anything; it does not mean the other party is guilty of wrongdoing. Even government agencies will lie on reports. That’s why I was asking for evidence aside from a paper.

  6. APilgrim, The actual proof appears in the official violation letter. Maybe you haven’t actually read it. Look again.

  7. Is there proof they were actually doing these things? The account you posted from the Peru people doesn’t specify what the boys were doing.

  8. These are not “alleged” child labor violations. These are “actual and factual” child labor violations.

  9. The official state violation letter lists the offenses: feeding material into a saw, driving forklift, operating saw, pulling wood from chain. There is no question that the labor laws were broken and a violation was assessed.

  10. So many unanswered questions here. Are these boys actually employees at the business or just working along side their fathers? What exactly are the boys doing? I would find it hard to believe (without hard evidence) that they are operating dangerous machinery. It is completely normal for young boys to want to work hard.

    As someone who grew up in the country and on a farm, I would do hard work from a young age. We stacked hay, planted fields by hand, chopped and stacked wood, made molasses, etc. I had siblings driving a tractor (safely) at age 12. I don’t see it as wrong for young men to be working hard so long as they are not using dangerous equipment.

  11. Shocking! Good for the people of Peru for speaking out, something to add though; they also use the older women for babysitting and helping out around the house. They get the kids to call these women “grandma” and BAM! they got a free nanny. This is all considered TRAFFICKING!!!

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