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tries advanced the belief that the commission is not likely to be seriously handicapped in the matter of advertisement. A new decree has been approved during the year, by the Massachusetts Minimum Wage Commission, providing a minimum wage of $13.20 a week for women 18 years of age or over who have been employed a year in the manufacture of druggists' preparations, proprietary medicines, and chemical compounds. With the establishment of this decree, 17 occupations are now covered by minimum wage rates.
In Arizona an employer operating a candy factory, who had paid an apprentice less than the minimum wage, was granted an injunction by the state court to restrain the state officials from prosecuting him for noncompliance with the law. The state is appealing from this ruling, and the case has now been set for oral argument in the Supreme Court of the United States.
In Wisconsin a minimum wage questionnaire was sent to employers asking them to reply to four questions upon the operation of the minimum wage law as it affected their own business during the year. In all, 863 establishments complied. In answer to the question, "Were any minors and (or) women discharged from work because of the present minimum wage law?” only 37 firms replied in the affirmative and 826 in the negative. To the question, “Was it necessary to rearrange hours for minor and (or) women employees on account of the minimum wage law?” 93 firms answered affirmatively and 770 negatively. The question, “Has the minimum wage law caused any change in lines manufactured by you, or in the kind of business carried on by you?” was answered affirmatively by 54 firms and negatively by 809. The replies to the last question, “Proportional to your total working force are you now employing more or fewer minors than a year ago ? ” show that 327 firms maintained about the same ratio as a year ago, and that 173 firms reduced and 197 increased the proportion of minors.
The Ohio Minimum Wage Investigation Commission, appointed by the last Legislature, met in Columbus on February 6. There was a large representation of proponents and some opponents of minimum-wage legislation, and as a result of the hearing it was decided that the commission should go ahead with its investigation, in spite of the United States Supreme Court's decision in the District of Columbia case. The commission asked the proponents and opponents to submit briefs on the operation of the minimum wage law in California, Massachusetts, and Wisconsin, in order that the commission might check up by investigation those points upon which the two sides might fail to agree.
Adoption of the "blanket amendment" to the United States Constitution to take the following form: “Men and women shall have equal rights throughout the United States and every place subject to its jurisdiction. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation”—has been advocated for the past three years by one group of women.
On the other hand, another large group of women, consisting of almost every organization of working women and of women interested in improving industrial conditions in the United States, although deeply interested in the question of equal rights and recognizing the need to abolish unjust legal discriminations against women, have objected to the proposed amendment on the score that it is ambiguous and likely to jeopardize those labor laws for women enacted during the past 70 years in the various states and regulating to some extent condi
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