Sanders: Americans Already Work Longer Hours

On Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders said that Americans already work longer hours than employees in most other countries and shouldn’t be forced to "work even longer hours than they currently do."

"It’s impacting family life; it’s impacting parents’ relationships to their kids, it’s impacting whether or not families are going to have more children," Sanders said on The Thom Hartmann Program.

According to the OECD, in 2013 Americans worked 54 more hours per year than Japanese workers, 119 hours more than British workers, 299 hours more than French workers, and 425 hours more than German workers. 85 percent of working men, and 66 percent of working women are already working more than 40 hours a week.

Sanders explained that Americans are working longer hours despite huge increases in productivity over the last 100 years because "most of the new wealth and income generated from this new technology is going into the top 1 percent or the top 2 percent."

According to the OECD, in 2013, Americans worked:

·       425 hours more than German workers

·       380 hours more than Norwegian workers

·       367 hours more than Dutch workers

·       350 hours more than Danish workers

·       299 hours more than French workers

·       238 hours more than Slovenian workers

·       212 hours more than Belgian workers

·       212 hours more than Swiss workers

·       181 hours more than Swedish workers

·       159 hours more than Austrian workers

·       145 hours more than Finnish workers

·       139 hours more than workers in Luxembourg

·       125 hours more than Australian workers

·       119 hours more than workers in the United Kingdom

·       89 hours more than Spanish workers

·       80 hours more than Canadian workers

·       55 hours more than Italian workers

·       54 hours more than Japanese workers

·       36 hours more than New Zealand workers

·       25 hours more than workers in the Czech Republic

·       16 hours more than workers in Slovakia