The 36-hour work week/3-day weekend

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    We've officially had the 40-hour week since the early part of the 20th century thanks to courageous and determined efforts of the labor movement during that era.

    Advances in productivity haven't led to a substantial increase in wages nor reduction in hours worked for the average employee. An increase in wages in proportion with productivity should help boost an argument for reducing the work week from the now standard 5-day week/8-hour day to 4-day week/9-hour day. Or we could just make Fridays a half-day. Or turn Thursdays and Fridays into 6-hour days with an adjusted wage increase.
     
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    It didn't work in France. It won't work in America.
     
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    Why do we even have a 40-hour work week? Whatever happened to the idea that employers and employees can draft the terms of a two-party contract?
     
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    How about your employer simply automating your job...then you can have the whole week off. It's win/win!
     
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    The last thing the poor, put upon American businessman needs is to pay workers more for less time on the job.

    I mean don't they already do more than enough for us as it is?
     
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    I would love to have a 40 hour work week instead of my usual 50.
     
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    This should be put on corporations making more than 10 billion/year in profit. The smaller businesses should get a break as we want competition.
     
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    What is stopping Google from doing this on its own? Cut top executive salaries, boost the lower level employees and cut back to 20-30 hours a week and see. Or do they not practice what they preach


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    All this sounds great, so does a nice siesta in the afternoon, but that isn't about to happen anytime soon either.
     
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    Throw in Unconditional Basic Income and then it is a win-win.
     

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