JOBS: Two for the Price of One

Gaylord Nelson was living in Carmel, Calif. in 1937 and cherished free time to spend on the beach. So he and a friend tried to get one job at a cannery and split the hours and pay; the employer would not hear of it. Early in April, however, Nelson, now a Democratic Senator from Wisconsin, presided over subcommittee hearings on "Changing Patterns of Work in America" and learned that the idea of job sharing is at last starting to catch on.

Typically, the practice involves two workers voluntarily dividing a full-time job—sometimes performing...

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