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June 07, 1973 - Image 10

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Page Ten


Thursday, June 7, 1973

Page Ten THE SUMMER DAILY Thursday, June 7, 1973

OKs new
wage bill

WASHINGTON (A')--The House passed a bill yesterday that would
increase the minimum wage from $1.60 an hour to $2.20 next year
and extend coverage tn six million more workers.
The bill, sent to the Senate, also would bring household domestic
workers under the minimum wage for the first time. Thley would
start at $1.80, and reach $2.20 by 1975.
PASSAGE OF the bill was a victory for the House Densocratic
leadership, which was unable to pass its minimum wage bill last
year over the opposition otf Republicans and southern Democrats.
This time, a substitute bitt offered by the coalition was defeated
218-199, and a string of amendments aimed at weakening the leader-
ships bill were rejected by similar margins.

T'he bill would raise the minimum wage rates in tree categories.
For workers in jobs covered before 1966, when the act was lamt
amended, the rate would go to $2 upou enactment and to $2.20aot
July 1, 1974.
For those in nonagricultural jobs covered by the 1966 amend-
ments, the rate would go to $1.80 upon enactment, to $2 on July 1,
19'4, and to $2.20 a year later.
FOR FARM workers - only 435,000 on the largest farms am,
covered-cnba nosy get $1.38 an hour, the rate would go to $1.60 on
enactment, $1.88 on July 1, 1974, 8S2 a year later, and -$2.20 on July 1,

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