work·​week | \ ˈwərk-ˌwēk How to pronounce workweek (audio) \

Definition of workweek

: the hours or days of work in a calendar week 40-hour workweek a 5-day workweek a shortened workweek

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Worse, wage hikes no longer seem to be accelerating and the workweek actually shrunk a little. The Christian Science Monitor, "Their light still shines," 5 Aug. 2019 The forecast for the rest of the workweek includes sunny to mostly sunny days with daytime high temperatures in the low to mid-80s. Sheila Vilvens,, "Relief from the oppressive heat is on the way. But so are storms," 21 July 2019 Chicago’s fair workweek ordinance aims to be the broadest in the country. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz,, "Chicago’s fair workweek ordinance passes key committee, heads to City Council for approval," 23 July 2019 After potential showers wrap up Tuesday afternoon, the workweek is expected to be sunny and comfortable, with highs about 80 degrees and lows in the mid-to upper 60s, according to the weather service. Lucas Phillips,, "It’s officially a heat wave as temperatures near 100 degrees Sunday," 21 July 2019 Low salaries + long workweeks = low pay The underlying issue is that while the Sanders campaign’s collective bargaining agreement with its staff union sets hourly pay above $15, there are also salaried workers on the team. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The controversy over Bernie Sanders’s low-paid field staffers, explained," 20 July 2019 The dip was driven by a decline in employment, the length of the workweek and new orders. Lydia Depillis, CNN, "Manufacturing takes a sharp turn for the worse," 17 June 2019 Some companies are beefing up their perks by offering four-day workweeks to entice workers seeking a better work-life balance. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, "Four day work weeks sound too good to be true. These companies make it work," 1 July 2019 In 1919, striking workers demanding a forty-hour workweek protested here. Rebecca Nathanson, Harper's magazine, "English Referendums and Scotch Voters," 19 June 2019

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1892, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of workweek

US : the total amount of hours or days that you spend working at a job in one week

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