Question by  scooter1 (7)

What is the history of minimum wage?

When was it started?


Answer by  patti (29325)

Minimum wage was established in 1969 to control the proliferation of sweat shops in which women and children were overworked and underpaid. Since then, minimum wage has been used as part of the government's initiative to interfere with business.


Answer by  Dean (4035)

Minimum wage was implemented in 1939 by FDR as one of his many socialist programs to involve government in business practices. The first minimum wage was $.30.


Answer by  tamarawilhite (17883)

The minimum wage was started in the United States in the 1930s in response to the Great Depression. By mandating a minimum wage, the objective was to prevent wage deflation from high unemployment and ensure that everyone who worked earned enough money to support themselves and their families. The minimum wage has been raised along with inflation.


Answer by  okcmouseketeer (779)

Minimum wage was started in 1938 by Franklin Rossevelt. The first laws were not for wages, but rather something like a labor board where employees could petition for higher wages. This was done mostly though a union. Miniumum wages are suppose to be set to give a family of 4 a comforatble living.

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