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How the 40 Hour Work Week Came to be.

It was so common in the year 1890 to find employees working for even a hundred hours a week. With this hours of working, it was so difficult for the employees to get their own personal time. Wales is where the journey of the 40 hour work week began. In 1817, Robert Owen thought it better to divide the day into three parts. Each part was divided into eight hours. The first part was for doing work, the second was for recreation and the last one was for taking a rest. At the beginning the Europeans were not in support of this idea but as the years went on it became known to many and got very popular in the United States.

The National Labor day asked for the 40 hour work week to be made a law but were denied but it did capture the attention of people. The law of the eight hour workday was passed but had a few loopholes that allowed employees to have contracts with the employees where there would be an addition of hours. This day was called May Day. In 1869, government workers were granted the eight hour of work per day and a stable salary. In 1870s and 1880s, other labor unions would be fighting for the eight hour system to be made an official law that will make the employees work for decent hours and there would always be strikes on every May 1st. In 1886, there was a national strike that took place and had a big turn out that showed employees were really in need of this amount of working hours. In 1906, the government workers helped to print the eight hour workday system in the papers for people to see. In 1914, the Ford Motor Company acted like they are putting the eight hour into action while in real sense it was not all true as there were so many hidden agendas. The railway employees were able to work for the eight hours a day.

In 1919, more and more companies implemented the rule of eight hours a day and this led to people striking where they are working more hours than eight. Eventually, in 1926, the Ford Motor Company was able to make the 40 hour work week effective. In 1937, General Motors in Flint failed to appreciate their employees and they never gave them breaks or sick pays and this led to a strike. The hours were deducted even if they were not the eight hours. In 1938, the Fair Labor Standards Acts was signed by President Franklin Delano which stated that workers should work for only 44 hours a week. The eight hour workday has proven to be beneficial to people as they no longer strike complaining about working hours and it became effective in 1940, on 24th October as you can find out when you click our website.