19 workers punished for taking more than 6 minute toilet breaks per day at workBy Mason White 10:19 AM July 18, 2014
|WaterSaver Faucet Co. workers protesting|
By: Hydar Tomar
(Scroll down for video) Workers are protesting after their company limited toilet breaks to 6 minutes per day.
The WaterSaver Faucet Co. of Chicago, Illinois, has implemented new rules, which demands workers to swipe a card before entering for work.
The company keeps track of employees’ bathroom use, and if it is “excessive” they are disciplined. Employees can even be fired for excessive violations.
A union, Teamsters local 743, filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board against The WaterSaver Faucet Co., for unjustly disciplining 19 workers for “excessive use” of the bathrooms.
“The company’s Human Resources department describes excessive use of bathroom as 60 minutes or more during 10 days of work,” according to the affidavit. That comes out to 6 minutes per day of bathroom time.
Each month, the company rewards workers with a $20 gift card if they do not use the bathroom during their shift for the entire month.
The company’s owner, Steve Kersten, defended his position by saying that 120 hours of production were lost in one month because of the time workers spent in the bathroom.
He believes that workers are spending time on their phones in the bathrooms.