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Old 10-15-2014, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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I imagine it must have happened sometime around the Industrial Revolution? I don't know, off the top of my head I'm thinking Roosevelt or Eisenhower, although I don't know if they were part of the Industrial Revolution. Please enlighten me.
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Old 10-15-2014, 10:16 PM
 
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I imagine it must have happened sometime around the Industrial Revolution? I don't know, off the top of my head I'm thinking Roosevelt or Eisenhower, although I don't know if they were part of the Industrial Revolution. Please enlighten me.
Not sure about the president, but I think it was Henry Ford who implemented the first standard 40- hour work week for his assembly line workers. And from there, it soon became the standard for most industries/professions.
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Old 10-15-2014, 10:19 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Thank you Anthony.

Me no like the 40-hour work week. I feel it's inhumane.
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Old 10-15-2014, 10:50 PM
 
Location: Central Nebraska
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Thank you Anthony.

Me no like the 40-hour work week. I feel it's inhumane.
Oh child, just wait till you have to pay the bills.

Aren't they teaching History in school any more? It was Roosevelt all-right--but Teddy Roosevelt circa 1900, not FDR in the 1930s. Actually, the 40-hour work week was in the process of being introduced by labor unions before it was finally made law.
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Old 10-15-2014, 10:56 PM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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I think it was Truman in 1946. At least that was when a 40 hour week was put in for Federal employees.

It has been a while since I studied this, but I think the average work week in the late 1800s in the US was over 60 hours. Farmers worked especially long hours.

Personally, I have worked 50 - 60 hours for most of my adult life and think a 40 hour week is pretty reasonable. I would rather work my 40 hours in 4 x 10 hour days, but that is just preference.
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Old 10-16-2014, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Oh child, just wait till you have to pay the bills.

Aren't they teaching History in school any more? It was Roosevelt all-right--but Teddy Roosevelt circa 1900, not FDR in the 1930s. Actually, the 40-hour work week was in the process of being introduced by labor unions before it was finally made law.
Child?! I'm f***ing 40 years old. Pay the bills?! Been there, sick of that. Entitled to despise society and be clueless about history. Literally dug in the trenches serving in the US Army for y'all.

Thank you CAllenDoudna for explaining Roosevelt circa 1900, and the time frame & history behind the 40-hour work week being introduced.
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Old 10-16-2014, 09:11 AM
 
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No matter when it started it was not universal.

Some old timers at my company remembered starting here after WW2 and working a 5.5 day week. You would have to work a half day on Saturday. It was common in any office environment up to around 1950.

I think the 40 hour week became universal in the 50s...of course, that's a standard week, few could avoid the overtime.
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Old 10-16-2014, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Upstate NY 🇺🇸
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Child?! I'm f***ing 40 years old. Pay the bills?! Been there, sick of that. Entitled to despise society and be clueless about history. Literally dug in the trenches serving in the US Army for y'all.

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Old 10-16-2014, 10:03 AM
 
Location: New England
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Child?! I'm f***ing 40 years old. Pay the bills?! Been there, sick of that. Entitled to despise society and be clueless about history. Literally dug in the trenches serving in the US Army for y'all.

Thank you CAllenDoudna for explaining Roosevelt circa 1900, and the time frame & history behind the 40-hour work week being introduced.
Don't think there's any need for a 40-hour workweek at all, unless you want to keep up with the Joneses. I have a good friend living down south enjoying great weather, great people and working half the year, off the rest. No kids, no pets. Myself, I have a dog so my hubby and I kind of trade off working when we feel like it or when bills get pressing. And no, nobody is on welfare. We make it work because life is not about drudgery, it's about great experiences and wonderful people.
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Old 10-16-2014, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Central Nebraska
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Child?! I'm f***ing 40 years old. Literally dug in the trenches serving in the US Army for y'all.
Well I'm in my 60s and was in Boot Camp six days after High School graduation.
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