Minimum Wage Raise

Archive Report

Outlook for Revision of Fair Labor Standards Act

Congress expects shortly to receive an administration request that the minimum wage rate of the Fair Labor Standards Act be raised at the 1954 session and that coverage of the act be extended to large numbers of workers now outside its protection. The legal minimum wage was last raised in 1949 to the present rate of 75¢ an hour. Action of Congress on the administration request will depend in part on the degree of liberalization recommended and in part on the trend of business activity during the next few months.

Most members of Congress from industrial states want to “do something for Labor” before the November elections and a boost in the minimum wage rate might be an ...

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