Shorter Work Week With Living Wage.

In the 21st century, there has been no discussion of shorter-workweek proposal in the United States. With the financial crisis of late 2008, however, the U.S. economy is facing its worst crisis since the Great Depression. Depression-era measures such as fiscal stimulus are the preferred remedy. Some have questioned, however, whether injecting more money into the economy is a cure for the unemployment problem. Some, even, have revived the idea of a shorter workweek.
Many people feel the 40 Hour work week is too long and people spend too much time at work. On the Cartoon the Jetsons, there was a notion of the three day work week. Technology and current laws now make is difficult for people to work more than 30 hours and there is no discussion of a living wage. Developing meaningful jobs and ending poverty is not even on the table. The notion of a six week paid vacation isn’t even a topic here in the USA.
Some economists have recommended moving to a 21 hour standard work week to address problems with unemployment, high pollution, low health, entrenched social inequalities, overwork, family care, and the general lack of leisure time. Actual work week lengths have been falling in the developed world.
The industrial revolution made it possible for a larger segment of the population to work year-round, because this labor was not seasonal and lighting made it possible to work longer each day. Peasants and farm laborers moved from rural areas to factories, and working time during the year increased significantly.] Before collective bargaining and Unions, worker protection laws, there was a financial incentive for a company to maximize the return on expensive machinery by having long hours. Work schedules as long as twelve to sixteen hours per day, six to seven days per week were practiced in some factories.
Technological advances in efficiency such as mechanization, robotics and information technology.
The increase of social equally particed in most European Union countries, working time is gradually decreasing. The European Union’s working time directive imposes a 48 hour maximum working week that applies to every member state except the United Kingdom and Malta (which have an opt-out meaning that UK-based employees may work longer than 48 hours if they wish, but they cannot be forced to do so). France has enacted a 35-hour workweek by law, and similar results have been produced in other countries such as Germany through collective bargaining. A major reason for the low annual hours worked in Europe is a relatively high amount of paid vacation time. Fixed employment comes with four to six weeks of holiday as the norm . In public policy, a living wage or subsistence wage is the minimum income necessary for a worker to meet basic needs.
Research shows that minimum wage laws and living wage legislation impact poverty differently: evidence demonstrates that living wage legislation reduces poverty. The parties impacted by minimum wage laws and living wage laws differ as living wage legislation generally applies to a more limited sector of the population. It is estimated that workers who qualify for the living wage legislation are currently between 1-2% of the bottom quartily of wage distribution. The working poor are working people whose incomes fall below a given poverty line. Depending on how one defines “working” and “poverty,” someone may or may not be counted as part of the working poor. For example, discussions in the United States about defining working poverty often fall on different sides based mainly on the two-party distinction. In nations with multiple parties, the discussions may be more refined, but a variety of opinions exist how the working poor compare to the nonworking poor.
Like the unemployed poor, the working poor struggle to pay for basic necessities like food, clothing, housing, and transportation. In some cases, however, the working poor’s basic expenses can be higher than the unemployed poor’s. For instance, the working poor’s clothing expenses may be higher than the unemployed poor’s because they must purchase specific clothes or uniforms for their jobs. Also, because the working poor are spending much of their time at work, they may not have the time to prepare their own food. In this case, they may frequently resort to eating fast food, which is less healthful and more expensive than home-prepared food.
Quality of life references the general well-being of individuals and societies. The term is used in a wide range of definitions, including the international development, healthcare, and politics. Quality of life should not be equated with the concept of standard of living, which is based primarily on income. Instead, standard indicators of the quality of life include not only wealth and employment, but also the built environment, physical and mental health, education, recreation and leisure time, and social belonging. Gross National Happiness doesn’t even factor in the minds of The people of political structure.


One thought on “Shorter Work Week With Living Wage.

  1. Great post. Technology has contributed to work efficiency and workers are more productive than ever. Yet we are still burning 40 hours at work. It’s unfair. Also technology allows us to work from home. At my job, I was hired and told that I could work from home. However, about six months into my tenure, I was told that I needed to be in the office because “someone” needed to be on site (no one else was willing to do so).

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