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Old 01-22-2012, 06:42 AM
 
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Moving into the future, with all of the automation and mechanization of many jobs, do you think this is going to affect the overall labor market, and make the 40 hour work week obsolete? (If mechanization downsizes the need for labor in such a large market, the labor pool will be greatly increased, but the amount of jobs will remain constant).

obviously not saying anything like this will happen in the short term, but look at the difference between 1970 and now. Obviously a ton can happen in a relatively short period of time and completely rearrange the labor market
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Old 01-22-2012, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Northern MN
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No, it would result in a loss of income.

Didn't some study just come out pushing 20hr work weeks?
citing that a 40hr week is unhealthy.
Not to have enough income to support your family is unhealthy.

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Old 01-22-2012, 09:28 AM
 
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Moving into the future, with all of the automation and mechanization of many jobs, do you think this is going to affect the overall labor market, and make the 40 hour work week obsolete? (If mechanization downsizes the need for labor in such a large market, the labor pool will be greatly increased, but the amount of jobs will remain constant).

obviously not saying anything like this will happen in the short term, but look at the difference between 1970 and now. Obviously a ton can happen in a relatively short period of time and completely rearrange the labor market
With some companies, yes; downsizing means people left over have to do the extra work either until someone new is hired or indefinitely. Other companies, like where I work, are real strict about overtime on full-time people.
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Old 01-22-2012, 10:27 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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the question isn't the number of hours you work...
it's how many of them you actually get paid for.

The sooner more realize just how much they're being screw-ed...
the sooner we'll get back to a 40hour 'norm'.

From the other end... the more mouths we have that need feeding...
(and assuming we expect people to earn their own way)
the fewer hours of work per mouth will be available.
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Old 01-22-2012, 10:59 AM
 
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Or maybe even time to question the relationship between Money and Hours?

Or even the dumber model of Salary?

Pay people for production and let them live in surplus.
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Old 01-22-2012, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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I thought this thread was going the other route. I am constantly asked to work overtime, and yes I get paid well for the overtime.
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Old 01-22-2012, 02:34 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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I am constantly asked to work overtime, and yes I get paid well for the overtime.
1) consider yourself lucky that you get OT; many are stuck in "salary" jobs.
2) your company should probably be hiring more people if there is a constant need for people to work OT.

This last will change after the election... they can only hold off so long.
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Old 01-22-2012, 03:06 PM
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Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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We work 37.5 hours, but lately it's been busy so we have people working overtime. The original reason for the 37.5 (started years ago) was to become a family friendly place to work, adding 1/2 hour a day to the time spent at home.
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Old 01-22-2012, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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1) consider yourself lucky that you get OT; many are stuck in "salary" jobs.
2) your company should probably be hiring more people if there is a constant need for people to work OT.

This last will change after the election... they can only hold off so long.

If you work the line for GM ( you know, the company tax payers help bail out), you can work all the OT you want AND you get 2 bonuses in the course of 6 months. $12k worth.
I think everyone should go work for them since we helped them out...

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Old 01-22-2012, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Central CT, sometimes NH.
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60 hrs work for 40 hrs pay seems to be popular with many big companies that received tax breaks and are sitting on record amounts of cash.
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