To: President Donald Trump, The United States House of Representatives, and The United States Senate

A 35 hour work week will end unemployment

A 35-hour work week will eliminate unemployment, as well as raise average wages (due to competition for workers) and allow citizens more time for family. It is long overdue, as productivity per worker has increased over a dozen-fold since the 40-hour week was adopted.

Mandate time-and-a-half pay after 35 hours in a single week.

Why is this important?

Thanks to outsourcing and corporate consolidation, and especially because of increasing technology, productivity per worker has increased dramatically over the past century, while (real) wages have stagnated for several decades.

This is the primary reason why income inequality is increasing, unemployment has gotten so high, the rich have grown super rich, and the poor and middle class are hurting - when productivity is raised, the labor supply increases, and companies lay people off while keeping the same output. When jobs are scarce, companies can offer lower wages, because competition is high.

We need to lower hours now for the same reason we needed to after the industrial revolution - and all the same excuses for why it wouldn't work were said then, and they all proved to be wrong.

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