Senator Bernie Sanders Proposes a 32-Hour Workweek With No Loss in Pay

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via Mike Shedlock

“Moving to a 32-hour workweek with no loss of pay is not a radical idea,” said Senator Sanders.

In legislation absolutely certain of going nowhere, Bernie Sanders Introduces Legislation to Enact a 32-Hour Workweek with No Loss in Pay

“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.”

Gaining Momentum

CNBC compounds the silliness with a claim “The four-day workweek is gaining momentum in Congress.”

The four-day workweek is gaining momentum in Congress: Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., introduced legislation Wednesday that would reduce the standard workweek to 32 hours without a pay cut.

The act would shorten the standard workweek over four years by mandating that overtime pay kicks in after 32 hours worked in a week, down from the current 40. Those who work more than 8 hours in a day would get overtime pay at time-and-a-half, and those who work more than 12 hours in a day would be entitled to double their regular pay.

The bill is gaining as much Congressional momentum as would a bill in support of spreading toenail fungus.

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Small businesses are already struggling with labor costs.

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On February 4, I noted the Cost of Running a McDonalds Jumps $250,000 in CA Due to Minimum Wage Hikes

What would food prices cost if everyone got paid for 40 hours while working only 32 hours? What would a hotel cost? Groceries? Auto repairs? Hospital care?

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It’s much more than it appears.

The qualified labor pool is not big enough to handle a mandated need for 20 percent more workers even if it was phased in.

How would the bill even work? Does everyone makes their current pay plus 20 percent? It’s an idiotic proposal.

Selective Support

I am in favor of Bernie’s idea in one instance: Congressional Democrats. I would gladly pay them full salary to do nothing at all.

In fact, I would double their pay if they would stay home and not vote on anything.

Otherwise, I would rather vote for a bill to spread toenail fungus. It would be much less damaging.

 

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