The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 31, 1949 · Page 2
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' PAGE TWO BLYTHEVILI,E (ARK.) COURIER NEWS THE NATION TODAY— Annual Wage Guarantee Adds Flexibility and Complications To '49 Minimum Pay Legislation By James Mnrlow WASHINGTON, Oct. 31. (A')—Before going home tills monlh Congress gave a little push to the idea of guaranteed annual wages. It (lid this in the new minimum wage-hour law. Tile law says, generally, workers in a business engaged in interstate commerce: 1. .Must get at least 75 cents an hour. (Under the old law the most an employer had to pay was 40 cents an hour.) 2, And they can work any number of hours, provided—ior every hour worked over 40 a week they get overtime pay at l-\}2 times tile rate for every hour worked under 40. But that overtime part^-l',(. times* ,—— lor every hour worked over 40—is softened for employers guaranteeing their employes an annual wage. Why for them? Because sotne Industries regularly have slack seasons, followed by busy ones. Working in an industry like that can be tough on the employes, since they don't have regular work with steady income the year around. And it can be tough on the employer who .wants to keep his workers from drifting away. And it can be very tough on such a siacfc-and-bttsy-season employer In this way: When business does get heavy, he may need more than 40 hours' work a week from his employes. If he does, though, he has to pay them the same Hi-time rate which covers other employers in industries where regularly the year around their employes work only 40 hours a week and get no overtime. Congress tried to help the employers and employes in such a slack-and-biisy season industry by saying this in the law: ' Plan Is Flexible ':. If the employer guarantees his workers an annual wage—that is, they'll make no less than a certain fixed: snni f<3r the year, in spite of slack weeks—then he'll get a break this way: He doesn't have to pax his em- ployes the li.2-time rate for overtime except for hours worked over 32 a day or 56 a iveek. whichever Is greater. But under (he law the least an employer can guarantee his workers is pay for 1,840 hours a year, which average but 35 hours a week for 52 weeks. Even though they work less than 1,840, they must get paid for that many hours. One week his employes may work only'30 hours, another week as : much as 56 hours. No matter. Except .when they work more than i2 hours a day or more than. 56 n week, he has to pay no overtime. When he does, though, it's'at I 1 ,! Billies, the regular rate. ; But suppose an employer tincls the work has plied up and he needs more than 1,840 hours' work a year from h'is employes. In such a case, the benefit .he got under the'law— no o\ertim'e rate until a worker ha$ put In more than 66 hours a week— ceases , For more than 1,840 hours, the employei must pay Hi times per hour in overtime for e\ery hour workedia week over 40 hours, until the worker has'reached a total rt 2,080 hours. Then, the law says, something else must be done. If.a worker puts In more than 2,080 hours, he must get overtime at the rate of l',j times for every single hour worked over 2,080 until 2,240 hours are reached. Bookkeeping Compllcalcil What happens i} an employer wants an employe to put in' more than 2.240 hours? He can't work him more than 2,240 hours unless lie tears up the whole guaranteed wage agreement and— Goes bncK over tne wnole year and pays the worker time-and-a- half overtime for every hour worked over 40 hours a week for the whole year. This would be such a stupendous bookkeeping Job, and .costly, into the bargain, that most employer's with a guaranteed wage contract would not want to work their employes more than 2,240 hours a year. This guaranteed wage provision was in the old law but the new one makes it more flexible In the hope more employers will take up the guaranteed wage idea. ' Under the ola taw. an employer could guarantee no less than 2,080 hours a year. Once his employes exceeded that, ttie whole contract was off and the employer .had to go back over the whole year and pay his employes the Hi-time rate for. every hour worked over 40 in one week. (Note: Under the law an employer can't make an annual wage agreement with individual em- ployes. It can be done otily with a union of his employes, a union approved by the Nntlounl Labor Ho- latlons Bonrd.) MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 1920 j | Currency Oulitd* Banks 1945 1950 Time Deposits PLENTY OF MONEY—The money supply of the United States stood at $171,600,000,000 at the beginning of 1949-or roughly $1150 per person. The chart above, based on data from the National Industrial Conference Board,' shows how the money supply rose slightly in 1948, after dipping from the all-time peak of $117300000.000 in February, 1046. Most of the money Is in demand deposit —or ordinary checking accounts. Time deposits include individual savings accounts and business deposits which may not be withdrawn without advance notice. Currency outside banks includes all paper money and coins not held by the U. S. Treasury or banks In their travels if the speed traps continue. Trouble spots mentioned by the AAA were Alicia, Bcebc, Plggott. Swlf ton and Friendship all on Highway 67, the main link between Little Rock and St. Louts. Officials of the towns Involved have denied the charges. Brittany is a province In France not England. l/.D.C. Elects President RUSSELLVILLE, Ark., Oct. 31. M>> —The 'lew president of the Arkansas Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy is Mrs. W. A. lutterworth of Hot Springs, Ark. She was elected at the close of tlie oiganrzation's 54th annual convention here Saturday. Six Arkansans Die Violently; Three in Fire By The AkS'jd.tlril Presi At least six persons met violent death In Arkansas over the week end. Three Negro children lost their lives when a roaring fire destroyed a. small frame house in Bradley Saturday night. The youngsters, Martha Harris, Jesse B, Richards and Freddie Trammel!, ranging In age from five to seven, were alone •it the lime, A high school student, James Campbell, 15. was wounded fatally in what apparently was a hunting accident near Smackovcr Sunday afternoon. He was shot with a .22 caliber rifle while hunting with two other Smackovcr students. Details of the shooting were not known immediately. Jay B. Sandllcr, 57, Columbia Coiinly highway worker, was killed when struck by a St. I/mls-Soutti- western (Cotton Belt) train in Wal- SiJrer Jack or Ozarks Uses Bulldozers in Search tor Old Mine ST. JOB, Ark., Oct. 31. M')_Another search for the famed lost sll'er mine of St. Joe Is QU. But this time the prospecting Isn't being done by the old fash- 'oned pick and shovel method Prentcs (Silver Jack) Reves, 59 Is using bulldozers In his hunt for the legendary mine in the hill '•Dmitry north of here. He thinks the old silver mine, lost when previous owners' destroyed the entrance, lies somewhere beneath silver hill. He alms to move mountains of dirt by the machines drain a subterranean lake under the hill and then blast throintn solid granite. Legends about the mine say it was once worked by Indians and Spaniards. Reves said he thinks there is a ledge of silver under the mountain 15 feet wide and 20 inches thick. Jo Sunday. He was walking along •he track when the accident occurred. An apparent suicide accounted for ;hp other fatality. Veteran MoPac To Retire After 40 Yeats ST. LOUIS, Oct. 31—Wj—Albert A; Miller, 10, chief engineer of maintenance of way for the Missouri Pacific Railroad, will retire Nov. 1 after 40 years with the railroad. He Is a past president of the American Railway Engineering Association, Miller Joined the Missouri Pacific In 1809 ufter nine years with RELIEF AT LAST lor Your COUGH Crtomuhionrelievespromptly because ic goei right to the s«at of the trouble 10 help looien «nd txptl germ lidtn pMtgm and aid nature |o soothe mil heal raw, tender, inflamed bronchial mucous membranes. Tell your druggist to sell you a bottle of Creomuisinn with the understanding you must like ine way It quickly «llayj the cough or you are to have your money hack. CREOMULSION for Coughs.ChestColds.Bronchitis Ihe Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and a mining firm in Mexico. He served in various positions in Kansas City, Poplar Bluff, Mo., Little Rock and Wynne, Ark., before coming to ms present position in St. Louis. SICK? Stomach, Liver and Gall Bladder upset, Tongue coated, liad breath. Bad taste. You have heartburn, gas and dizzy spells, gas in your bowls, may press upon yotir bladder, causing backaches. Getting up at nights, pains in your legs, arms, you feel dizzy, nervous, irritable. NU-AID Contains twenty-two herbs that help to go right to work on the cause. Miserable people soon feel different, sp. do not go on suffering. Gstll NU-AID — Sold at OWENS DHUG STORK, Blytheville Dell. High School Gridmen Held tor Store Thefts ROCKFORD, lit., Oct. 31_W)_ Seven joliet (III.) high school football players, Including six first stringers, were in Jail today on charges of looting two stoics of cloth'.ng while on their wny to Friday night's game. 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