Share the work

Employment Exhibition

Employment Exhibition (Photo credit: Modern_Language_Center)

I believe that we must stimulate the economy to end the Great Recession and put people back to work. Beyond that, I think that we should consider sharing the work that remains to create full employment. To do that, I would reduce the work week from 40 hours to 30 hours and continue to pay workers for 40 hours of work. Employers would be forced to hire additional workers to make up for the reduced output of 30 hour work weeks. The 30 work week could be accomplished by five 6 hour days or three 10 hour days or four 7.5 hour days depending on the staffing needs of various industries. It was about 100 years ago in the decades between 1901 and 1921 that the US reduced the average work week from six 10 hour days to six 8 hour days.