The hours and days of the standard work week should reflect changes in worker productivity since the 5-day, 40-hour work week began.
Unions are probably failing because they seem to lack the guts of the early labor movement, when union leaders stood up for fairness and decency in the labor market. While General Motors owners and managers turned to taxpayers to bail them out of their disastrous management, workers were required to take pay cuts to keep their jobs. Pay and the work week of today do not reflect the productivity gains made since the 5-day, 40-hour work week was installed. Maybe that's why the economy is crashing. Maybe fairness is good for all. Cut the work week to 3 days and 24 hours. Increase the minimum wage to $25.00 per hour. Let's get equitable. After all, who adds the most value to the goods and services produced? And look at the impact on family life. People exhausted after work unable to spend quality or quantity time with spouse, children, friends. People spending the 2-day weekend barely recuperating from the 5-day work week. Let's make this change now.