The Roosevelt Administration And The Labor Standards Act Of 1938

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During a time of great economic disparity, the Roosevelt administration put into effect one of the most far-sighted labor laws in the history of the United States and rest of the world. Imagine sending your child of ten years into work at a mine to endure gruesome conditions and excruciating work for seemingly endless half day shifts. In America, this predicament was once commonplace. Nowadays, this atrocity is seemingly nonexistent thanks to the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as amended (FLSA). The Roosevelt Administration enacted the law to set a ceiling on the hours of a workweek, a minimum floor under wage rates, and to ensure children can attend school and work in a safe, healthy environment. In today’s perspective, a bill so beneficial to the everyday worker sounds like common sense, however, the law was met with harsh resistance. In fact, Roosevelt’s presidential candidate platform championed improving the standard working conditions as his opponent disagreed. Southern congressional members sought to protect the wishes of their wealthy backers who believed a twenty-five cent minimum wage would put them out of business. Soon after appointed to office, he set to work against a Supreme Court that had a ruling tendency in favor of high capital industry such as textile factories and mines. The judges had just voided a New York law requiring Joseph Tipaldo to pay his laundry women close to five dollars a week more than he had been because minimum wages violated…

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