WPA WAGE POLICIES
WAGES PAID WPA project workers (as opposed to administrative and supervisory employes) in any one month are determined by how long they work, the kind of work they do, and where they do it. The WPA, however, exercises no control over wages paid to workers employed on WPA projects by sponsors.1
Monthly rates payable (in places of varying degrees of urbanization) in the several states2 to workers doing different types of work3 and putting in the prescribed number of hours4 have been set forth, from time to time, in what have been termed "schedules of monthly earnings."5 The first of these was prescribed by the President. Later schedules were prescribed by the administrator of the WPA. In 1939 Congress required that wage schedules should be established by the commissioner of work projects subject to approval by the head of the Federal Works Agency.
Schedules announced at various times have incorporated important modifications apart from changes in prescribed rates. States included in one wage region at one time have, by subsequent____________________
This system, adopted in New York City early in the WPA's history, is held greatly to simplify operating, fiscal, and accounting procedures.