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    • The Advantage Of Being A Little Underemployed

      To realize how outdated the five-day, 40-hour workweek is, you have to know where it came from. Before 1900 the average American worker worked more than 60 hours a week. A standard schedule was ten-hour days, six days a week. The only structural limits to working were lighting and religion. You stopped working when it was too dark to see or to go to church. It was exhausting. It was often fatal. Unions helped turn this around. In 1916, railroad unions demanded an eight-hour work day, largely bec...