Do U.S. Manufacturing Employees Work More than Their Canadian Peers?
Since 1960, when both countries' manufacturing work weeks were nearly identical, the U.S. work week has gotten longer and the Canadian work week has gotten shorter. Today, a Canadian employed in manufacturing works about 37 hours per week, while an American works more than 42 hours per week.
While the causes of this trend are hard to pinpoint, some possible contributing factors are the differences in the kind of manufacturing that each country specializes in; differences in labor laws and unionization; and differences in attitudes towards overtime.
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