This Day In History: 1934-01-29
A cut in the number of hours which CWA workers worked each week went into effect. About 8,000 of these relief workers were put on a fifteen hour week, divided into two sev and one-quarter hour days. The remaining 6,000 men were to continue working a twenty-four hour week divided into three eight-hour days. The decision as to which category an individual worker was placed in depended on the size municipality that the man was drawn from. Because of the recent cut in hourly wages from 50 cents to 45 cents, the maximum pay for the larger group was about $7.50, with the smaller group getting about $12 per week. No more supplies were to be bought for these projects, but, since most supplies had already been purchased, this was not expected to interfere with the projects underway. It was expected that most municipal projects would be finished with the months of February and March at which time the entire program would be terminated.