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24 hour/3-day work week with $30.00 minimum wage starting in 2013. Solve multiple social and individual problems with this.


Current worker productivity justifies the 3-day/24-hour work week.

Fairness, increased productivity, happiness, health, family values and many more positive human and societal values will be achieved if this is implemented in 2013.


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    Feb 10 2013: I've worked 3x24 in the Service...it takes two days just to recover after those shifts.
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      Feb 10 2013: Kris, I am pretty sure Rhona meant three eight hour days for a total of 24 hours rather than three 24 hour workdays.
      • Feb 10 2013: Thanks, Fritzie. Perhaps I should have said 3-day/24-hour work week. Maybe that would have made the point more clearly. Maybe Kris had some subconsious resistance to my point. Who knows? Happy Today. May justice in the work/money world prevail!
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          Feb 10 2013: I don't think it was subconscious resistance. I think, rather, that since he has actually worked 3 day/24 hour each day shifts, that was a familiar form of organization to him.
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          Feb 12 2013: My apologies to both you and Fritzie, I did misunderstand. 3 day 24 hour week or, 4 day 32 hour week? It's great in theory. Stipulate that the Corporations are willing to provide a wage which can be lived upon, comfortably; and some sort of usable retirement and healthcare. Problem is that while per-worker productivity has increased dramatically, wages have dropped dramatically. For example in my case...I was earning $13 per hour in a hardware store in the early '90s. I am now as an equipment service technician able to get between $25 and $35 per hour...Yet my spending power is LESS than when I was making $12 per hour, and I haven't seen a raise in this rate for over 15 years. Due to inflation (intentionally created by the Government to lower the real cost of paying back it's debt) my per dollar purchasing power has decreased by well over 50%. It seems to me that these questions need to be answered before we take on trying to shorten the work week...I guess what I'm saying is that I would be OK with a shorter work-week but am not in a position to have the luxury of taking a reduction in salary for that shorter week.
      • Feb 10 2013: Fritzie, Also that inhumane schedule could have had negative impacts on him.
    • Feb 10 2013: Kris, See Fritzie's reply. Sorry. I thought my point was obvious. I did say 24-hour work week.
    • Feb 12 2013: Kris, your situation is precisely what inspired my idea. The lack of equity in the work-for-money world is apparent. Those who are benefitting from it, e.g., the 1%, Exxon owners, hedge fund managers, decline to acknowledge the crimes against the workers who are producing the bulk of the value in society they currently commit. We must do something about this. Also, labor union leaders do not seem to have the courage to ask for the amounts of money income for their members that would yield simple fairness in dividing the productivity gains their members are creating. Let's get active and demand that our elected officials take action, stop caving to the pressures of the 1%, the lobbyists and the corporate interests who are sucking the American taxpayer dry of sufficient funds to live in dignity, provide higher education for their children, retire and have other basic goods and services.
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        Feb 13 2013: People ARE getting active (finally). I've watched over 40 years of "Sigh....you just can't fight city Hall." I've also railed against it for 40 years. These "legislators" work for US, at OUR pleasure...If they don't they get fired... at least in theory....problem is they don't care because they have cushy jobs lined up and the best lifetime healthcare in the country. I fear that they are not going to stop pandering for corporate profits short of armed insurrection. If it goes there, and it may well (remember the adage about being careful not to take from the man who has nothing left to loose?) they will bring out the military to put it down, and welcome to 1984....

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