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Minimum wage is the lowest rate employees may legally pay for an hour of labor Merriam 741 The United States has a minimum wage law to guarantee minimum hourly wages and to prevent the exploitation of workers and provide unskilled and part-time workers with a wage floor People have argues that the minimum wage has become less of a safety net for primary earners in poor families than a floor for the wages of teenagers and other secondary earners from higher-income familiesIn 1933 there were a long series of Conferences on the Minimum Wage established by the Department of Labor There were many minimum wage administrators and representatives of organizations with an interest in these programs Some of these groups were The National Consumers League the General Federation of Womens Clubs the National Womens Trade Union League the AFL the National League of Women Voters and the National Young Womens Christian Association The original bill that was written provided for 1 A five member Fair Labor Standard Board 2 A minimum wage of not more than 80 cents an hour or 1200 per year 3 The general initiation of a 40 cents-an-hour 40 hour workweek except in exceptional circumstances 4 The prohibition of interstate shipment of goods produced with oppressive child labor 5 The exception of agricultural workers and executives administrative supervisory and professional employees and 6 Authorization of the Fair Labor Standard Board to appoint advisory committees to consider conditions in industries or occupations before establishing specific wage and hour standards Ayres OnlineOn June 25 1938 President Roosevelt signed into law the Fair Labor Standards Act which established the national minimum wage at 25 cents an hour it banned oppressive child labor and set the maximum workweek at 44 hours Since then Presidents Truman Eisenhower Kennedy Johnson Nixon Carter Bush and Clinton have signed minimum wage increases into law When President Truman was in office he signed the conference compromise bill which about 15
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