Sanders Calls for Serious Discussion on Four-Day Workweek

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has urged for a “serious discussion” on implementing a four-day workweek. Sanders made the statement in response to a recent strike by the United Auto Workers (UAW) union, which is demanding shorter workweeks and improved benefits.

In an interview with CNN, Sanders emphasized the need for conversations about reducing the average workweek, particularly due to increased worker productivity resulting from advancements in artificial intelligence and robotics. He questioned whether the benefits of this increased productivity should go solely to those at the top or be shared with the workers.

Advocates argue that a four-day workweek can boost productivity by giving employees more time off. A study conducted last year on 33 companies worldwide found that all of them decided to maintain the policy after testing it. Furthermore, a survey conducted in June revealed that over half of US employers were open to the idea of a four-day workweek.

Despite these positive signals, most US employers have been hesitant to adopt the policy. Legislation in Maryland supporting the change was put aside earlier this year. However, Sanders believes that if technological advancements lead to increased productivity, the benefits should be passed on to the workers, allowing them to have more time for personal activities, family, and education.

– The Hill