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legislation dealing with human beings in their capacity as workers or wage earners. The Industrial Revolution, by introducing the machine and factory production, greatly expanded the class of workers dependent on wages as their source of income.
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Eight-Hour Day

Each of Australia's states celebrates the improvements that have been made in working conditions with its own Labor Day. The Eight-Hour Day holiday is marked with parades and celebrations to commemorate trade union efforts to limit working hours. In many places, people still chant the unions' slogan: "Eight hours' labor, eight hours' recreation, and eight hours' rest!," which, by happenstance, is the basis of St. Benedict's Rule of Life for religious orders.
In Queensland Labour Day is celebrated on the first Monday in May; in New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, and South Australia it's the first Monday in October; in Western Australia it's the first Monday in March; and in Tasmania and Victoria it's the second Monday in March. In New Zealand, Labour Day is observed on the first Monday in October.
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In 1890, the eight-hour day struggle went international with worldwide demonstrations on the anniversary of the Chicago massacre on May 1.
The committee discussed a "feeder-driver" job, which would require him to drive a tractor-trailer truck between locations for eight-hour days but would not require as much lifting, walking or climbing.
They were supposed to go home at 3:40 p.m., finishing their eight-hour day starting at 7:00 a.m.
The force members will also face problems while performing eight-hour day shifts in the summers as their uniforms are made of parachute material.
The IQMS362 operates free of a dust cloud, meeting the OSHA Silica Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) of 50 micrograms of respirable crystalline silica per cubic meter of air ([micro]g/m3), averaged over an eight-hour day. In addition to a 270-deg.
The mass-up of protesters began as a peaceful rally in support of workers striking for an eight-hour day and in reaction to the killing of several workers the previous day.
The workers spent about 5.4 hours per eight-hour day sitting, but they wanted to spend an additional 46 minutes walking and an additional 26 minutes standing, on average, the researchers said.
That there were roads at all was partly due to the work of the engineers, and the trucks were kept running by vehicle technicians who rarely enjoyed the luxury of an eight-hour day. Ordnance Corps soldiers ensured that, as far as possible, I had my needs, and even provided the luxury of shower and laundry service.
The speakers said that eight-hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.
The system can make about 14 standard office sheets per minute and 6,720 sheets in an eight-hour day. Users can produce a variety of paper types, sizes, thicknesses, and colors.
The headline was "Utter Cloonacy!" If she was to work seven days a week, only working an eight-hour day, that would equate to PS28,000.