Today is the 75th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that set into law a guaranteed minimum wage, established the 40-hour work week and overtime pay for more than 40 hours, outlawed child labor and set other important employment standards.
Later this morning, the Obama White House will host a celebration of the FLSA with Vice President Joe Biden and a roundtable with workers. The event will be live-streamed beginning at 11 a.m. EDT at www.whitehouse.gov/live.
The Obama administration will reiterate its call for an increase in the federal minimum wage, which has been stuck at $7.25 an hour since 2009 and has less buying power than in 1997.
We’ll bring you a wrap up of the event later today.
Also this afternoon from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EDT, the National Women’s Law Center will host a live TweetChat exploring why it’s time to raise the minimum wage. You can follow or participate with the hashtag #RaiseTheWage.
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) have proposed legislation to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. In his State of the Union address, President Obama proposed a $9 rate. Both proposals would index the minimum wage rate to rise with inflation.