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The Minimum Wage, 75 Years Later February 27, 2014
Back in the 1920s and 30s, the average worker clocked in 10-12 hours a day, 6 days a week. That's if they had a job. Children toiled in factories, and employers could pay workers anything they wanted. Feisty priests, rabbis, and other people of faith led the fight to create a federal minimum wage, in 1938. This week, we return to that moment in history, as President Obama decides whether or not to raise the federal minimum wage to just over $10.

Pictured: An October, 2013 rally to raise the minimum wage in New York City.

Kim Bobo, founder and director of Interfaith Worker Justice
Joseph Fahey, professor of relgious studies at Manhattan College and chair of Catholic Scholars for Worker Justice