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How the 40 Hour Work Week Came to be.

In the year 1890, employees would spend even a hundred hours a week. With this hours of working, it was so difficult for the employees to get their own personal time. The history of the 40 hour work week began in Wales. In 1817, Robert Owen thought it better to divide the day into three parts. Every part was to be carrying eight hours. He argued that one part is for work, the other for any kind of recreation and the last one for rest. The Europeans were not up for this idea but with some years the idea spread to many and became popular in the United States.

In 1866, the National Labor Union might not have succeeded in making the eight hour workday in to a law but they did bring awareness about such a thing to the people. In 1867, workers went on strike due to the law of eight hours passed but contained a place where the employers to contract with the employees for an addition of hours. This day was called May Day. In 1869, government workers were able to use the eight hour workday system and also got stable salaries. 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. The Ford Motor Company pretended to make the eight hour system effective. In 1916, the railways workers got lucky as three years that came afterwards they were able to work for eight hours a day.

People started striking due to the places they work in not implementing the eight hour system while others are. In 1926 is when the Ford Motor Company started using the 40 hour work week. The General Motors which are in Flint lacked to give their employees breaks, sick pays and also off days and this is what caused a strike in 1937. At long last they only reduced the hours but not up to eight hours a day. 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. In 1940, Robert Owen brought the idea of eight hours again and this time around it became effective from October 24th.