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Old September 5th, 2016, 06:43 PM   #1
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Every year or two, we see renewed calls for laws mandating a 30-hour workweek. The latest is by Harlan Green, editor of populareconomics.com. Itís time to put this issue to bed: laws mandating a shorter workweek hurt the very workers they intend to help.

The idea that we need maximum-workweek laws to protect workers is a myth: capitalism has driven down worker hours even in the absence of such laws. Economist Robert Whaples notes that the average workweek has been decreasing since the 1830s.

By 1938, when President Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) mandating a 40-hour workweek, such a law was virtually unnecessary. Over the previous century, market forces had driven the average manufacturing workweek from almost 70 hours to just over 50. Other industries were even lower. In 1930, for instance, railroad workers worked an average of 42.9 hours per week. Coal miners worked an average of only 27 hours.

Henry Ford implemented a 40-hour workweek in 1926 because he believed that consumers with more free time would buy more products. Other large companies followed suit; just one year later, 262 large companies had adopted five-day workweeks. For the first time, people experienced work-free weekends.

This shift wasnít the product of labor legislation. The few wage laws the United States had before the FSLA were rendered largely unenforceable by the Lochner-era Supreme Court, which recognized the legality of any employee-employer contract, regardless of how many hours it was for.

Nor was is the scattered unions that existed before the New Deal. In a recent survey, two-thirds of economic historians argued that the efforts of labor unions were not the primary cause of the shrinking workweek.

The truth is that employees arenít powerless. In a competitive marketplace, they can negotiate with their boss, knowing that if they donít like the deal he offers than they can move to a different company.

What kept workweeks long in the 19th century was the same thing that pushed farmers to employ their children: productivity was low, and people had to work 70-80 hours if they wanted to produce enough to keep food on the table. This was not the fault of exploitative employers, unless parents count as exploitative. It was the fault of an underdeveloped economy.

As productivity and wages rise, employees can live on less labor, which gives them an incentive to negotiate ó successfully, as weíve seen ó for a lower workweek.

But if exploitation isnít keeping the workweek long, why hasnít it continued to shrink since 1938?

One factor is that wages have been rising (contra the claims of progressives), which increases the opportunity cost of not working. Employees are choosing to work more and buy more goods rather than have more free time. Rising wages make the prospect of working more hours more attractive than it used to be.

Another is that the workweek is shrinking, and companies like Treehouse are experimenting with a 32-hour workweek.



So maximum-workweek laws donít help workers. But itís worse than that: such regulations actually hurt workersí ability to earn a living.

Workers are paid based on what they produce, and if theyíre not working as much, they arenít producing as much and canít earn as much. Maximum-hour laws reduce the ability of workers to boost their incomes by working more hours and producing more.

This is something that labor organizers have long known. Terence Powderly, president of the Knights of Labor in the 1880s, noted that employees didnít actually want shorter hours if it decreased their daily pay, but that was the trade-off that strikes and labor laws created.

Proponents of maximum-workweek laws argue that they create more jobs by spreading the work around. Writing for the Nation, Michelle Chen argues that, ďA study by the National Retail Federation concedes that the overtime reforms [which essentially enforce the FLSAís 40-hour workweek] will have a job creating effect by encouraging new hiring.Ē

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Every word of this propaganda pamphlet are lies that deserve a laughter from every reasonable man and woman. Capitalists will force their employees to work 16 hours a day for meager wages, which I personally saw with my own eyes.

Weekend is given by Creator God, Lord God Jehovah, Lord Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit - consuming fire, while 8 hour workday, 40 hours workweek is the gift of communism to the workers of the world.
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You can thank Churches and Chapels for Sunday, and the Trades Unions for Saturday. Capitalism, obviously, never gives anyone anything - it exists by stealing from us. We all know this, but some pretend otherwise,for various interested and interesting reasons.
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You can thank Churches and Chapels for Sunday, and the Trades Unions for Saturday. Capitalism, obviously, never gives anyone anything - it exists by stealing from us. We all know this, but some pretend otherwise,for various interested and interesting reasons.
Some pretend otherwise because they are sitting near the top of the heap. Life's good. Most of these fellows declare at every opportunity: Leave capitalistic businesses alone and they will do the right thing.

History just doesn't support that allegation.
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You can thank Churches and Chapels for Sunday, and the Trades Unions for Saturday. Capitalism, obviously, never gives anyone anything - it exists by stealing from us. We all know this, but some pretend otherwise,for various interested and interesting reasons.
Thank unions and only unions for the week end.

The whole reason we even have what's known as a "week end" is because of unions.

The only reason we have a "Labor Day" is because of unions.

The only reason we have a 40 hour work week is because of unions.

The only reason we have over time pay is because off unions.

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Capitalism, obviously, never gives anyone anything - it exists by stealing from us.
Exactly right my friend. And it is the job of every freedom loving citizen to undermine capitalism at every turn in the road, and by any means necessary.
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Thank unions and only unions for the week end.

The whole reason we even have what's known as a "week end" is because of unions.

The only reason we have a "Labor Day" is because of unions.

The only reason we have a 40 hour work week is because of unions.

The only reason we have over time pay is because off unions.



Exactly right my friend. And it is the job of every freedom loving citizen to undermine capitalism at every turn in the road, and by any means necessary.
Attributing everything good to unions is as indefensible as attributing all manner of evil to them.

The best system, the one that most closely accommodates human spirit, will combine the best of capitalism and socialism. We'd be making a lot mor progress toward that goal except for the extremists of both points of view who insist upon pure capitalism or socialism, which don't work.

It's no more the job of every freedom-loving citizen to undermine capitalism at every turn in the road any more than it's the job of every freedom loving citizen to extol socialism at every turn in the road.

Thinking is really painful for many.
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Attributing everything good to unions is as indefensible as attributing all manner of evil to them.

The best system, the one that most closely accommodates human spirit, will combine the best of capitalism and socialism. We'd be making a lot mor progress toward that goal except for the extremists of both points of view who insist upon pure capitalism or socialism, which don't work.

It's no more the job of every freedom-loving citizen to undermine capitalism at every turn in the road any more than it's the job of every freedom loving citizen to extol socialism at every turn in the road.

Thinking is really painful for many.
Interesting insinuation considering the fact socialism was never mentioned in my reply.

What is that old addage about assumptions again?

I guess assuming is easier than thinking.
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Interesting insinuation considering the fact socialism was never mentioned in my reply.

What is that old addage about assumptions again?

I guess assuming is easier than thinking.
You guess wrong.
"And it is the job of every freedom loving citizen to undermine capitalism at every turn in the road."
Translate it please. Undermine capitalism with what?
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