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Today I learned that, contrary to popular belief, a private business owner who made every pair of military business boots for US soldiers in World War I established the 40-hour work week which became the American standard. (The popular belief is that unions created this standard.) Oh! And get this! He was anti-union. When the union tried to organize, 80% of the 15,000 workers voted against the union.


The man responsible for instituting the 40-hour-work-week is Massachusetts native of New York George F. Johnson, who announced that no American should have to work more than 40 hours per week. This announcement took effect as a rule on November 1, 1916 in the Endicott-Johnson factories.[4] Johnson had a philosophy to divide all his profits evenly between capital, owners, and workers. 40 hours, to him, represented the even division of a workers' time during the 5 days he gives his time for the production of good.

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