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Contributions in Labor Studies #048: The Quest for a Living Wage: The History of the Federal Minimum Wage Programby Willis J. Nordlund
Synopses & Reviews
The wages of workers are a primary determinant of a worker's standard of living. There has been a long history of governmental action attempting to construct a fair and equitable method of ensuring a living wage to the worker. This book traces the historical developmental process, examining the theory behind minimum wage programs and the first 50 years of the operation of the American Fair Labor Standards Act. Here are gathered key data and information that explain the effects of the FLSA on the worker and the employer.
Book News Annotation:
With a background in business education and a stint with the US Department of Labor, Nordlund begins his chronicle with the minimum wage legislation in individual states and the economic conditions they were enacted to address. He then describes the development of systematic programs, relevant legal decisions, the demise of state programs, the debate over national standards, and their establishment as part of the New Deal during the 1930's. Finally he follows the reaction and adjustments to the standards decade by decade to the stalemate of the 1980s.
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...discussion of the long history of governmental action to produce a fair, equitable method of ensuring a living wage...
Includes bibliographical references (p. -276) and index.
About the Author
WILLIS J. NORDLUND is Dean, School of Business at the College of West Virginia.
Table of Contents
List of Tables, Figures and Illustrations
State Minimum Wage Legislation and Early Economic Conditions
Minimum Wage Programs Take Shape
Enactment of the Fair Labor Standards Act
The First Decade: The Fair Labor Standards Act Comes of Age
The Second Decade: The Emphasis on Education
The Third Decade: The Decade of Assessment
The Fourth Decade: The Decade of Empiricism
The Last Decade: Stalemate
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