Bernie Sanders just announced his most insane plan for America yet

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is America’s best-known Socialist.

He has been pushing an agenda that would cripple America’s economy for decades.

But Sanders’ latest idea would alter the lives of every American and small business in this country and send the economy into a tailspin.

Sanders proposes a 32-hour workweek

Bernie Sanders just unveiled a plan that would create a 32-hour workweek for employees instead of the standard 40-hour workweek.

Sanders is chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) and a self-described democratic socialist.

He says that his bill would establish a four-day workweek that would not result in a loss of pay for workers.

Sanders thinks the idea isn’t radical but instead thinks it would lead to a better quality of life for potentially millions of Americans.

In a press release, Sanders said, “Moving to a 32-hour workweek with no loss of pay is not a radical idea. Today, American workers are over 400 percent more productive than they were in the 1940s. And yet, millions of Americans are working longer hours for lower wages than they were decades ago. That has got to change.”

The bill is called the Thirty-Two-Hour Workweek Act and would reduce the standard workweek from 40 hours to 32 hours over the next four years by lowering the threshold for overtime pay for non-exempt employees.

If it passes, the legislation will require overtime pay at time and a half for workdays longer than eight hours.

It would also require overtime pay to be double a worker’s regular pay for workdays that are longer than 12 hours.

The language in the legislation includes provisions that would protect workers’ pay and benefits to ensure that the shorter workweek doesn’t result in a reduction of income.

Some lawmakers, academics, and business leaders have been pushing for a four-day workweek, but critics worry about the costs and benefits and how it would affect employers.

Sanders released a fact sheet that showed how several European countries have already implemented a shorter work week and have begun reaping benefits from the change.

Currently, France has a 35-hour workweek, but there is some talk of changing it to 32 hours.

Denmark and Norway both have 37-hour work weeks for employees.

A nonprofit group called 4 Day Week Global supports Sanders’ legislation.

The group conducted a study last year where several companies enrolled in a pilot program to test a four-day workweek over six months.

According to the program results, most companies experienced a general increase in revenue and productivity and said they have no plans to go back to a traditional five-day workweek.

Critics are skeptical of the plan

Those who disagree with the proposed legislation are worried that many companies simply cannot afford to reduce working hours and still maintain the same level of wages.

Mary Elizabeth Elkordy, founder of the company Elkordy Global Strategies, told Fox News Digital, “Companies need to produce the same level of work, so they may need to hire and train more people.”

She explained that while a four-day workweek might help some businesses in specific industries like nursing or firefighting, it’s not practical in service-based industries where the wages are directly linked to employees’ time and output.

But Sanders says technical developments like AI have helped to pave the way for reduced work hours for millions of American workers.

He said, “It is time to reduce the stress level in our country and allow Americans to enjoy a better quality of life.”

Informed American will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.