Republicans repeatedly stress the importance of small government but, unknowingly or not, embrace another form of big government, oligarchy.
According to an article in Business Insider on July 24, Wisconsin has approved 7- day work weeks.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a contender for the Republican presidential nomination, approved the state’s budget earlier this month and got rid of a provision that said factory and retail employees were required to take off a full 24 hours every seven days, unless they got the state’s permission to skip their day off, according to Mashable.
Employers can now request that employees work a full week, and those employees can opt in or out.
The legislation change, which will likely affect blue-collar and hourly workers, could benefit employers. Instead of having to hire additional people, companies could add more work hours to existing workers.
There’s really good health and safety research reasons for not having people work so many hours or days in a row without any time off for rest and recovery,” said Lonnie Golden, Ph.D., a professor of economics at Penn State Abington who authored a report on the effects of working time on productivity.
The report also outlines some serious physical- and mental-health effects of working long hours (defined as working more than 48 hours per week). For example, overwork contributes to employee fatigue, stress, and symptoms of depression.
The bigger problem, Golden said, is that “there’s a lot of evidence that people under those kind of working conditions” — working seven days a week — “are not even aware of the downsides to their performance, to their alertness, and ultimately to their productivity if they’re not taking sufficient rest.”
In other words, if there’s an opportunity to work and earn more, employees might grab it — to their own detriment and to the company’s.
This obsolete work concept is not an isolated GOP proposal as revealed in a fundraising speech earlier this month.
On July 8, 2015, former FL Governor and GOP presidential candidate, Jeb Bush proposed longer work hours for American workers to earn more family income.
The Republican told the New Hampshire Union Leader’s editorial board that one of his goals is to increase workforce participation.
“It means people need to work longer hours and through their productivity gain more income for their families,” he said in the first-in-the-nation primary state campaign.
The speech was to express his objective of greater national productivity and 4% economic growth. But Bush later stated he meant to address part-time workers as those needing more working hours.
As corporation grow richer from longer work hours, workers possibly grow unhealthier through both, physical and mental fatigue. Yet, GOP forecasts, yet another vote to dismantle ACA, without any form of healthcare plan to implement.