This June Marks 100 Years of Minimum Wage Laws in the United States
via the Daily Sentinel:
“The first minimum wage law in the United States was established on June 4, 1912 in Massachusetts. More than a dozen states would follow over the subsequent 10 years, and by 1933 the new U.S. Secretary of Labor, Frances Perkins, wrote an essay to make the case for a federal minimum wage.
Reading Perkins’ essay today reminds us of the potential that minimum wage laws hold for shaping a fair and productive economy.
At the time of her writing, the nation was in the midst of the Great Depression, and Perkins feared the destructive potential of the growing number of “fly-by-night” sweatshop operators attempting to gain an unfair advantage over their competitors by selling cheaper products made possible by rock-bottom labor costs.”
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