Nation's Industry Goes on 40 Hour Work Week
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Title: Nation's Industry Goes on 40 Hour Work Week

Essay Details:

Subject: History
Author: Brian H
Date: February 28, 2014
Level: University
Grade: A
Length: 4 / 958

Essay text:

Factory workers became unhappy and began to push for shorter hours. First they asked for a limit of 12 hours a day, 6 days a week. During the 1800s, they asked for 10 hours, 6 days a week. Labor Day was introduced in 1882, when most Americans were still working 60 hours a week and only dreaming of a 48-hour week, which didn't become the normal until World War I. It wasn't until 1938 that the Fair Labor Standards Act started the final countdown: 44 hours in 1938, 42 hours in 1939, and 40 hours in 1940. So the 8-hour, 5-day, 40-hour work week has only been with us since the year 1940. In this article the standard work week, 40 hours, is soon to go into effect...

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