The nine-hour day so pleasingly established by the Norwood Press went into effect on the 1st of this month. With the cooperation of everyone concerned the new arrangement ought to be a success, but every failure in duty will do its own part in lessening the full measure of that success.
The arrangement of hours for men and women during the summer months is just the same as last summer, only it lasts for six months instead of three.
For the six winter months, the hours of the women will be the same as last winter, but the men will work six hours less per week.
The wages of the men are on a 54-hour basis. As they will work 55 hours in summer and 53 in winter, they will be paid for one hour extra in summer and a corresponding decrease in winter.
The women’s wages are calculated on a 51-hour basis. As they will work 49 hours in summer and 53 hours in winter, they will be paid two hours short in summer and two hours over in winter.
These arrangements bring wages and hours even, taken over the whole year.
We sincerely hope that the Norwood Press Company will have the satisfaction of seeing a speedy adoption of the nine-hour day over the whole country. It is the logical outcome of the advance of machinery.
(The Norwood Bee)