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QUIZ: What the f@ck happened to the 40-hour week?

Let’s jump right to it. Feel free to comment on any or all of your answers:

  1. How many of you have to work more than 40 hours a week?
  2. If you answered “yes” to question #1, do you get paid for overtime?
  3. Has your supervisor ever suggested that you fudge the hours on your timesheet so you won’t get paid overtime?
  4. Are you forced to clock out for breaks?
  5. Are you offered health insurance through your job?
  6. Do you get paid time off?
  7. If you work the weekends, do you get paid time-and-a-half or double-time?
  8. If you get benefits, are they any good?
  9. If you don’t get health insurance–or what you do get offered is really bad–would a rabies shot or a dentist visit wipe out your monthly paycheck?
  10. Will you ever be able to retire?
  11. Will you ever be able to retire without skimping on really basic things every month?
  12. Will you ever be able to afford to send your kids to college?
  13. Are you able to send your kids to college now if they’re of college age (i.e. without their taking our massive student loans)?
  14. Are you able to go to school (without massive student loans)?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, that sucks. If it makes you feel any better, I answered “yes” to most of them, too. I think we need to figure out a solution. Any ideas?


2 thoughts on “QUIZ: What the f@ck happened to the 40-hour week?

  1. Great questions! Our globalized capitalist economy is not working for the majority of us.

    For those of us who think it’s a waste of time to vote, the time has come to become informed about the issues; to look at the record (not the promises, promises are easy) of each candidate; to become involved at a community level; and to get out and vote.


  2. The American worker is in trouble. Progress has reversed. Blue collar worker pay rates are stagnant. Benefits cost more. Rents rise. But compensation died.

    I don’t know. I’m not sure anyone really does.
    Our society and expectations need to change. “The America Dream” must live but most also change to be attainable.


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