The History of the 40 Hour Work Week.
In the year 1890, employees would spend even a hundred hours a week. This only gave them time to work and no personal time as it should be. 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. Each part was divided into eight hours. Each part here had its own function as the first part was for work, the other for recreational purposes and the other for resting. 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 asked for the eight hours of work a day to be passed as a law but they did not succeed but it did bring attentiveness to the issue. Even after the law of the eight hour work day was passed, it was not complete as it required people to would sign contracts for working and having more hours added to their working hours and this made the employees to go on a strike. The day when the strike took place ended up been called the May Day. Government workers got lucky as the eight hour workday became effective in 1869 in their working areas and had stable wages. 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.
People started striking due to the places they work in not implementing the eight hour system while others are. In 1926, the Ford Motor Company finally accepted to use the 40 hour work week. 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. 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 on October 24th the eight hours workday system became effective.