Monday, January 05, 2009

Once Upon a Time in America (Jan 5)

On this day in history in 1914, the Ford Motor Company cut its work shifts from a 9 to an 8 hour work day and doubled its workers pay to $5 a day.

This act saw an increase in productivity and many other companies soon followed suit.

It also led to the Adamson Act, passed by Congress in 1916 which was the first federal law that regulated the hours of workers in private companies. In 1938, the Fair Labors Standards Act made the 8 hour day legal throughout the country.

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