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Oregon Universal Eight-Hour Workday, Measure 11 (1914)

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The Oregon Universal Eight-Hour Workday Amendment, also known as Measure 11, was on the November 3, 1914 ballot in Oregon as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have mandated that no person should be required to work more than eight hours per day or forty-eight hours per week, no matter the business or profession.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 11 (1914)
Defeatedd No167,88877.28%
Yes 49,360 22.72%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Proposed by Initiative Petition

Initiated by authority of Mrs. Jean Bennett, 429 E. Morrison St., Portland, on behalf of the Universal Eight Hour League. - UNIVERSAL CONSTITUTIONAL EIGHT HOUR DAY AMENDMENT. - Its purpose is to add Section 9 to Article XV of the Oregon Constitution prohibiting any man, woman, boy or girl, from being employed more than eight hours in any one day, or forty-eight hours in any one week, in any trade, business or profession, or on any farm, or in domestic service, or in any kind of employment whatever, skilled or unskilled, mental or physical, within the State of Oregon. This law applied to children and other relatives of the employers, and provides penalty for violation thereof. --- Vote YES or NO.

320. Yes

321. No


Path to the ballot

Measure 11 was filed in the office of the Secretary of State on October 30, 1913.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed November 5, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.