6 minutes a day? Workers file complaint against company over bathroom breaks

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CHICAGO (July 11, 2014) – Six minutes a day.

That’s how much time workers at a Chicago company say they have to use the bathroom.

A union filed a complaint against their company after workers were disciplined for exceeding the limit, which amounts to 30 minutes a week. One union rep said 19 people have been disciplined via verbal or written warnings.

“They offered $1 per day for anyone who doesn’t go to the bathroom at all,” union rep Nick Kreitman told the Chicago Tribune.

The employees work for WaterSaver Faucet Co. and its sister company Guardian Equipment Inc.

Company officials said workers get a number of breaks during the day and lose too much productivity when they take long bathroom breaks or make too many trips to the restroom.

The company started a bathroom tracking system that requires workers to swipe their ID cards. Within the last month, the union said managers have increasingly disciplined employees.

Company officials said there’s no “allotted” bathroom time and told the Tribune that disciplinary action began after they asked employees not to abuse bathroom privileges.

The union staged a demonstration Wednesday to protest.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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