Minimum Wage Policy Analysis

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Since the enactment of the Fair Labor Standard Act in 1938, the minimum wage rate has been cause for much discussion. In more recent years, the public has made a push to raise the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour. During his State of the Union address, President Obama, shared his views when he stated “… And to everyone in this Congress who still refuses to raise the minimum wage, I say this: If you truly believe you could work full-time and support a family on less than $15,000 a year, go try it. If not, vote to give millions of the hardest-working people in America a raise.” Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has made it well known that he wants to raise Pennsylvania minimum wage to $10.15(Ye Hee Lee, 2015). Early this year, Gov. Wolf signed an…show more content…
During his campaign he promised that if re-elected, he would find a way to protect American workers (Grossman,?). In 1937, President Roosevelt proposed a Judicial Procedures Reform Bill or commonly known as his “court packing plan”, which would add more justices to the court. The Bill would grant the President power to appoint a maximum of six addition Justices, one for every Justice over the age of 70. President Roosevelt planned to use this strategy to push his agenda, unfortunately it did not work. The case, of West Coast Hotel Company v. Parrish brought hope to labor reform. The Supreme Court “reversed its course” when the court actually up held Washington minimum wage law. This case, often referred as the “big switch, or “the switch in line” was an important event; it encouraged more legal support for Fair labor standards. After the success of the big switch, and the unfortunate failure of one of two bills locked away inside Secretary Perkins’ desk. The President decides to try once more, with Secretary Perkins last secret weapon. This labor standard bill was drafted by the Secretary of Labor Perkins with help from Sidney Hillman, the founding president of the clothing workers of America and co-founder of Congress industrial organization (CIO) (Samuel, 2000). On May 1937, the President Roosevelt, along with the American Federation of Labor President, the Secretary of Labor, and John Lewis leader of the CIO gathered to deliberate on the labor standards bill (Samuel,2000). On May 22, 1937, the President presented the Black Connery bill (Samuel, 2000). The bill would provide a 30 Hour work week, 6 hour days at 40 cents an hour minimum wage (Samuel, 2000). The bill did not receive as much support as the President hope for, but contrary to opposition the passed the Senate (Samuel, 2000). The bill, however never made it the House, it was purposely help
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