LABOR: A Four-Day Week?

As a negotiating goal, the four-day work week has been an occasional element in the United Auto Workers' industrial theology at least since the 1960s. After signing a new three-year contract that should end the three-week strike of 170,000 auto workers at the Ford Motor Co. in a matter of days, U.A.W. President Leonard Woodcock proudly announced a sighting of the promised land. The Ford pact, he announced at a Detroit press conference, "goes far beyond" previous contracts. In fact, he said, "we are on the road to a four-day week. The principle is there now."

Perhaps, if one wanted...