Sec Willard Wirtz Scraps, 06/25/66: Secretary Wirtz discusses amendments made to the Fair Labor Standards Act. As Wirtz explains, the 1966 amendments included extended coverage to public schools, nursing homes, laundries, and the construction industry. The legislation also expanded minimum wage coverage to a significant number of agricultural workers for the first time. Wirtz discusses the bill's minimum wage increase proposal (which did go into effect, raising it to $1.00 an hour) and its possible effect on migrant strikers in the Rio Grande Valley. Organizers of the Starr County Strike, also known as the Farmworkers Melon Strike, demanded an increased minimum wage to $1.25, the right to collective bargaining, and humane working conditions. Wirtz concludes that there is no reason for farm workers to make miniscule wages, just as there is no reason for factory workers to make minuscule wages. He argues that the shameful conditions under which workers grow and harvest the public's food makes such food unpalatable.