august, 2016

thu18aug5:30 pm7:00 pmHistory in the NewsMinimum Wages, Maximum Hours, and Workplace Regulations in Oregon and Beyond5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Willamette Heritage Center


Event Details

In 2016, Oregon passed legislation increasing the state’s minimum wage, and the topic of a higher national minimum wage has featured prominently in this year’s US presidential contest, often provoking heated debate. But such discussions are not entirely new to Oregon. The state has a long history of workplace regulations and legislation, often as a pioneer: the Supreme Court case of Muller v. Oregon (1908), for example, set an important precedent for establishing the length of the workday, and in 1913, Oregon passed the country’s first minimum wage law.

This History in the News Program will explore that history: the evolution of workplace rules, the effects of such regulations, and the discussion and debates among employers and employees – discussions that continue into the present.

For this special History in the News program, the WHC is working with Incite Incorporated, a Mid-Valley nonprofit focused on workforce development. Food will be free for this program!

History in the News is made possible by a grant from Oregon Humanities, and is sponsored in part by KMUZ 88.5 FM and in partnership with Salem City Club and the Statesman Journal.

Moderated by Bob Reinhardt, WHC Executive Director, and Leslie Dunlap, Professor of History at Willamette University. For more information, visit


(Thursday) 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Willamette Heritage Center