Ground Breaking Labor Decision

Today in History, January 5: 1914 –

The Ford Motor Company makes the radical decision to double it’s employee’s pay to $5 per day, and to reduce their hours to 8 hours per day.

Ford’s competitors were unhappy, but followed suit once the company’s productivity and profits doubled.

It may not seem like much now, but it was ground breaking in 1914, much like Ford’s use of the assembly line had been.