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Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1940, the 40-hour work week went into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act, signed by President Roosevelt two years earlier. The Act also banned oppressive child labor and set the minimum hourly wage at 25 cents. Against a history of judicial opposition -- including the Supreme Court -- the depression-born law had survived more than a year of Congressional altercation.
Today’s labor quote is by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in a "fireside chat" the night before signing the Fair Labor Standards Act:
"Do not let any calamity-howling executive with an income of $1,000 a day, ...tell you...that a wage of $11 a week is going to have a disastrous effect on all American industry."