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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 10:18 PM
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FIRST non-Gov 8 hour day law in the USA!!

Unions: Sometimes w forget just how important they are!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eight-hour_day



By 1905, the eight-hour day was widely installed in the printing trades see International Typographical Union (section) but the vast majority of Americans worked 12-14 hour days.

On January 5, 1914, the Ford Motor Company took the radical step of doubling pay to $5 a day and cut shifts from nine hours to eight, moves that were not popular with rival companies, although seeing the increase in Ford's productivity, and a significant increase in profit margin (from $30 million to $60 million in two years), most soon followed suit.<5><6><7><8>

In the summer of 1915, amid increased labor demand for World War I, a series of strikes demanding the eight-hour day began in Bridgeport, Connecticut. They were so successful that they spread throughout the Northeast.<9>

The United States Adamson Act in 1916 established an eight-hour day, with additional pay for overtime, for railroad workers. This was the first federal law that regulated the hours of workers in private companies. The United States Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Act in Wilson v. New, 243 U.S. 332

(1917).

The eight-hour day might have been realized for many working people in the U.S. in 1937, when what became the Fair Labor Standards Act (29 U.S. Code Chapter 8

) was first proposed under the New Deal. As enacted, the act applied to industries whose combined employment represented about twenty percent of the U.S. labor force. In those industries, it set the maximum workweek at 44 hours.<10> but provided that employees working beyond 40 hours a week would receive additional overtime bonus salaries.<11>

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anarch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 11:46 PM
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6. unions also got us all the weekend
except for those increasingly many of us who at this point have to work through the weekends...and in many cases work 12-16 hour days, too, thanks to all the anti-union machinations inflicted on us.

Something to think about, for certain. Happy labor day, fellow workers!
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