Whence the 35-hour work week?
September 13, 2007 5:56 AM Subscribe
New York City and Boston both have standard work weeks of 35 hours. It's 9-5pm but your lunch is included in there. Texas, California, North Carolina have a standard work week of 40 hours, so it's 9-6 to accomodate your lunch hour. I realize that it has to do with your job somewhat, but it is overwhelmingly consistent (even blue/white collar, salaried/hourly). Why?
posted by unknowncommand to Work & Money (50 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Is this a state by state thing, or a NYC/Boston/city thing? And if so, is it law and/or unions and/or some vestige? Is it based on the govt employee standard in each area (even though it is not just them)? What is the history of it?
I don't have enough data points to put anything coherent together. I tried to locate labor statutes, but I'm not sure if I should be looking at state or local govt.