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Backers of 5-Day Weekend Work for More Time Off

Posted May 14, 2007
Updated May 15, 2007

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— A group from Asheville has launched a Web site and ad campaign calling for a five-day weekend in the United States and is bringing its campaign to Raleigh on Tuesday.

The idea started as a promotional gimmick when the Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau was looking for a way to attract attention and tourists.

The group, which calls itself Work Less Express, says it feels that if Americans work less, they'll live better and be more productive.

The group will hold a rally Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at Raleigh's Moore Square. After that, they head to Washington to petition Congress.


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  • Steve Crisp May 15, 2007

    Actually, we've been talking to some folks about a night dental clinic. Unfortunately, though I can procure the financial backing, it is really tough to find a dentist who put in all that training about how a dental practice should be run who wants to work all night. You see, far too many people are basically sheep who never want to break out of the mold and take a chance with anything. Rote is an interesting thing, though. Nurses will work any shift because it is traditional for them to do so. Some doctors will as well, but only in an emergency rooms. It was tough enough to get bankers to stay until 5 pm as opposed to 3. And accountants? Forget it. Even though business owners have to interrupt the time when they are making money to meet with one, they refuse to meet on an owner's schedule. Same with lawyers.

    Think about this. What catagory of people in the Triangle make the most money? Probably computer programmers. And when are they awake? Generally at night? Big money to be made.

  • no screen name May 15, 2007

    I would think a 4 day work week would make more sense.......

  • Its me again May 15, 2007

    steve crisp, sounds like a great idea when are YOU going to open these services, you could make a fortune

  • All child molesters should die May 15, 2007

    I'm ALL for it!


  • Steve Crisp May 15, 2007

    Not EVERYTHING has to be opened 24 hours a day, but it would be nice to have a representative sampling of services and retail available. For instance, try finding a dentist at 2 am, or a doctor for that matter. How about a tailor that is open till 10 or so or restaurants that will feed you dinner at 4 am? Raleigh is approaching the population size and density to begin supporting these things and more. As to government (or utilities or banks) it would be nice to be able to obtain services and make payments on my schedule rather than theirs. I'm not saying keep the Legislature in session constantly -- hardly. What I am saying is that you should be able to renew your tag or driver's license at night if you need to. Or have PSNG come hook up the gas so that you do not have to take off work. Same with TimeWarner. And shopping would be nice as well in the middle of the night. If WalMart can do it, why not Crabtree?

  • baileysmom3 May 15, 2007

    i think that we need to have an occastional 5 day weekend. like for christmas and thanksgiving and of course 4th of july. we also need several breaks.

  • spiritwarriorwoman1 May 15, 2007

    Billy Ray - "Is this really newsworthy?"

    Must be. You read it. ;o)

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • BlarneyStone May 15, 2007

    Oh and good idea Steve Crisp... the largest part of the price you pay goes to payroll. That's what a business' highest cost is- Payroll. And government open 7 days a week? Even more government?!? Oh man, I'm getting nauseous!

  • voddiecoop May 15, 2007

    We lazy Americans.

  • BlarneyStone May 15, 2007

    Dont we already have enough reason to eat too much, get drunk and go shopping? Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, etc...