The 6 Hour Work-Day

July 2nd 2019 – By: William Larsen – Civilians News – “News For All Views”

– “The 6 Hour Work-Day” –

It’s time to shorten the average work-day… to 6 hours.

I feel this way because shortening the average work-day would create jobs, and create time to engage in personal health and healthy parenting. Nevertheless, despite my opinion, this proposal is often met with harsh criticism… mostly because our country has implemented, “the 8 hour work-day,” since the early 1900’s.

Furthermore, our President claims that the current economy is booming, leaving no need to change the work day. Google, also states, “when unemployment ticked down to 3.7 percent, in September 2018, that that marked the lowest job-less rate…. since December 1969, per The Bureau Of Labor Statistics.”

Now, whether you trust these types of internet based statistics or not….. the heart of this issue remains, “everyone needs to earn a living,” and shortening the average work-day… could potentially…. create more jobs.

Working in NYC, earning a living can be multi-faceted……… working extra hours for grocery money, working two jobs, or staying up long hours, is not uncommon, here in New York. Now, consider that the average 8 hour work-day, plus transit, is really a 10 hour day….. and it’s easy to see why mental health and pharmaceutical drugs… continue to plague this country. Yet, the old reality continues….. in almost every American citizen’s quest to earn a living, a lack of free time…. Furthermore, while rationalizing this conclusion, I turned to an unlikely place……. baseball.

The Baseball Economy

Part analogy… but also, “a congruent reality,” Major League Baseball has been working more players into their line-ups, this season, giving more players rests, while also creating jobs, through shortened work days.

In fact, the Yankee’s are basically treating the first half of their 162 game season, as an extension of the minor leagues…. at times playing 6, or 7, reserve players, this year. Furthermore, in doing so…. it has often felt like a minor league Yankee’s club…. almost chameleon-ing themselves to fit in with the growing number of franchises, like the Tampa Bay Rays, who have been relegated to the B-side of Major League Baseball.

The rich get richer and the poor get poorer, so by treating the first half of the monotonously long, 162 game season…. like an extension of the minor leagues, the Yankee’s have chameleon-ed themselves into making, “the baseball wealth gap,” not so bad…. (*Which in my opinion is analogous to the effects of disability, as well as the ongoing rhetoric surrounding job creation.)

It is no secret that the baseball season is too long….. 162 games, plus travel time, plus the monotonously long hours of practice required to play at the Major League level.

Nevertheless, with that being said… I personally don’t think that all of the Yankee’s are truly hurt…

Which is an analogy for the economy as a whole, just as much as it is, “a congruent reality.” Because with players now, “pacing themselves,” for a grueling 162 game season, many players have begun taking extended leaves of absence, both creating jobs for younger players… while also creating the illusion that smaller markets can compete, akin to big businesses today.

Whereby…… as common workers grow akin to holding 2 jobs…. and as it continues to become increasingly difficult to own; a car, home, or savings account, I’ve noticed that many businesses, large and small, are increasing  reliance on, “part time workers.”

Meaning, that by scheduling shorter hours and more shifts, more people can get an opportunity… because 162 games… is just too many.

-William Larsen