Some 10,000 job seekers flooded the streets around Ford’s Highland Park plant in Detroit following the announcement of a $5 workday in 1914
Shortly after the advent of the moving assembly line, which drastically improved production time of the wildly popular Model T, Ford Motor Company had another issue on its hands. Employee turnover and absenteeism in Ford’s factories stood as a barrier to mass production to meet the ever-growing demand. The solution, introduced 110 years ago this week, was the $5 workday. The implications of the raise can be seen today not only within the company but also with the creation of the American working middle class.