Labor & Economic News Blog

Monday, August 26, 2013

Demand for a Decent Wage Remains Unmet

Immediately after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Bayard Rustin, deputy director of the march, read off the marchers’ demands,
"We demand that there be an increase in the national minimum wage so that men may live in dignity." At the time of the march, the federal minimum wage was $1.15 and the demand called for an increase to $2.00. Had this increase been instituted, today it would be worth $13.39.


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