CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 25, 1977
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(Studio) New push begins for shorter work week with no loss of pay. Labor leaders meeting in Detroit see it as solution to unemployment.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Detroit, Michigan) One of 1st strikes in American was in 1791, when philadelphia carpenters wanted to reduce 6-day week from 12 to 10 hrs. daily. There's been little shortening of work week this century since days of Franklin D. Roosevelt. [New York Machinists Workers local spokesperson Henry FONER - notes there's been little change in length of work week since 5-day, 40-hr. week made law in New Deal. Says it's time United States labor movement began push for shorter hrs. again.] Because of added cost, proposal will be controversial. [Buffalo, New York, Steel local member Arthur SAMBUCHI - cites reasons employers in Buffalo area won't go for proposal.] Unions won't advocate specific schedule, as some would prefer 4-day week and others to keep 5-day week, but with shorter hrs. [SAMBUCHI - prefers 4-day week; cites reasons.] Getting shorter week won't be easy; 45 years ago, then-AFL passed resolution favoring 30 hour week
REPORTER: Don Webster
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