BERNIE SANDERS TO INTRODUCE BILL CALLING FOR A 32-HOUR WORK WEEK WITH NO LOSS IN PAY FOR WORKERS

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders announced this week that he will formally introduce a bill to establish a standard 32-hour workweek with no loss in pay.

“Moving to a 32-hour workweek with no loss of pay is not a radical idea,” said Sanders. “Today, American workers are over 400 percent more productive than they were in the 1940s. And yet, millions of Americans are working longer hours for lower wages than they were decades ago. That has got to change.”

Sanders, who chairs the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, shared that he will be joined by California Senator Laphonza Butler and Representative Mark Takano in introducing the bill.

“It is time to reduce the stress level in our country and allow Americans to enjoy a better quality of life. It is time for a 32-hour workweek with no loss in pay,” said Sanders.

The typical 40-hour workweek has been part of the American workforce since 1938 with President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing the Fair Labor Standards Act that helped establish minimum wage, overtime pay, and employment standards.

A trial four-day workweek was held in Britain late last year with multiple companies where employees shared that they felt less stressed and had better work-life balance.