The City that Never Sleeps Is Waking Up to Its Pay Problems

Article/Op-Ed in Pacific Standard
Oct. 29, 2015

During Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration, the proponents of the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act sought to create “the most far-reaching program for the benefit of workers ever adopted in this country” by establishing a federal minimum wage. The Act aimed to compel labor conditions that met a very basic standard of living necessary for the health and livelihoods of workers.

Today, in many cities and communities around the country, people are working full-time jobs that pay $7.25—the current federal minimum wage—and are still living in poverty. More than 75 years later, are we failing the Act's cause?