The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

70-Hour Weeks at UPS

May 14, 2018

In their new contract negotiations, UPS proposed that they be allowed to force drivers to work 70 hours a week “to avoid service disruptions.” Whether UPS can get away with forcing these hours depends on a lot more than the contract: Will drivers do it? But it’s a sign of where the companies want to be able to go.

Workers fought for the 40-hour work week for decades. They finally won it as standard about 75 years ago. But today, how many workers live decently on 40 hours a week? It’s time to revive those fights!