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Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 Maximum Struggle for a Minimum Wage When he felt the time was ripe President Roosevelt asked Secretary of Labor Perkins What happened to that nice unconstitutional bill you had tucked away On Saturday June 25 1938 to avoid pocket vetoes 9 days after Congress had adjourned President Franklin D Roosevelt signed 121 bills Among these bills was a landmark law in the Nations social and economic development -- Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 FLSA Against a history of judicial opposition the depression-born FLSA had survived not unscathed more than a year of Congressional altercation In its final form the act applied to industries whose combined employment represented only about one-fifth of the labor force In these industries it banned oppressive child labor and set the minimum hourly wage at 25 cents and the maximum workweek at 44 hours1 Forty years later a distinguished news commentator asked incredulously My God 25 cents an hour Why all the fuss President Roosevelt expressed a similar sentiment in a fireside chat the night before the signing He warned Do not let any calamity-howling executive with an income of 1000 a day tell youthat a wage of 11 a week is going to have a disastrous effect on all American industry2 In light of the social legislation of 1978 Americans today may be astonished that a law with such moderate standards could have been thought so revolutionary Courting disaster The Supreme Court had been one of the major obstacles to wage-hour and child-labor laws Among notable cases is the 1918 case of Hammer v Dagenhart in which the Court by one vote held unconstitutional a Federal child-labor law Similarly in Adkins v Childrens Hospital in 1923 the Court by a narrow margin voided the District of Columbia law that set minimum wages for women During the 1930s the Courts action on social legislation was even more devastating3 New Deal promise In
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