In a recent interview, Senator Bernie Sanders expressed support for “serious discussions” regarding the implementation of a four-day workweek. Sanders believes that the recent strike by the United Auto Workers (UAW) serves as a catalyst for these conversations.
The UAW initiated a strike against major automakers Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis, demanding increased wages, shorter workweeks, and improved retirement benefits. Sanders argues that with the rise of artificial intelligence and robotics, worker productivity will significantly increase. Therefore, he questions who will benefit from this increased productivity; will it be the few at the top or the workers themselves?
Proponents of the four-day workweek argue that it can enhance worker productivity by providing employees with more time off. In a study involving 33 companies globally, all of them maintained the policy after testing it. Additionally, a survey conducted earlier this year found that over half of U.S. employers were open to the idea of a four-day workweek. However, despite these promising signs, most U.S. employers have been hesitant to implement the policy.
Sanders believes that if technology is making society more productive, the benefits should be directed towards the workers. He emphasizes the importance of allowing people to have more time for their families, cultural activities, and personal development. By adopting a four-day workweek, individuals will have the opportunity to achieve a better work-life balance.
In conclusion, Bernie Sanders advocates for serious discussions on reducing the average workweek to accommodate the increasing productivity brought about by advancements in technology.
– The Hill: Sanders: ‘Serious discussions’ should take place on 4-day workweek