The Minimum Wage Debate

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Minimum wage has obviously changed over the decades. From $0.25 in 1938 to currently $7.25 for all covered, nonexempt workers since 2009. In the reasonable eye, one would think working in a job that only allows them to receive minimum wage will be motivation to go back to school and get a better paying job. But what if minimum wage increased? Making the average minimum wage amount $9.00 to even $10.00? The average amount of minimum wage in some states will increase starting January 4, 2014. In advanced; this is going to cause controversy between the people and governors of the states that passed this particular bill. Since 1938; October 28 to be exact, uprising Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black created the first successful national minimum wage bill. This bill guaranteed a minimum wage that provided; overtime pay and protection for children from unsafe labor. This was known as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). It included more workers under its purview and increase wages incrementally. [J. Sherk June 25, 2013]. The hourly rate in 1938 was $0.25. Minimum wage have gradually increased every couple of years from $0.10 to $0.15. Sometimes these increases happened every year; back in the day of course. In 1963 Branching from the FLSA, the Equal Pay Act Worked into place making companies pay 100% equal amount of money; despite if they’re male or female. Inventing the phrase “equal pay for equal work.” [Taunton Daily Gazette Jan. 11, 2014]. In 2007 President George W. Bush passed the bill increasing minimum wage to $5.85. The first increase since 1997, which was $5.15 at the time. And now currently the minimum wage is $7.25 since 2009. Although 19 states including the District of Columbia have higher minimum ... ... middle of paper ... ...r pass? Maybe, maybe not. If so, we the people of the nation will have to deal with whether it’s a good decision or bad one. We have adapted to this particular change for centuries and it did not affect us in an unsatisfying way. But then again, the word isn’t how it use to be back in 2009; the last increase in minimum wage. Works Cited States Take Different Stance on Minimum Wage Legislation. (2013). Payroll Manager's Report, 17(11), 12-13. Congressman Fear Mongers On Minimum Wage: ‘You Guys Wanna Pay $20 For A Hamburger?’ (2013). By A. Pyke and S. Keye History of Federal Minimum Wage Rates Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, 1938 – 2009/ Top 5 Reasons Why Raising the Minimum Wage Is Good for You and Me. (2012) By M. Auerback What is Minimum Wage: Its History and Effects on the Economy (2013) By J. Sherk

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