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On the Clock: Company Limits Restroom Breaks to 6 Minutes a Day

CHICAGO -- One company is limiting its workers to six minutes in the restroom -- per day.

CNN Money reports that WaterSaver in Chicago disciplined 19 workers in June for "excessive use" of washrooms. In response, a union, Teamsters local 743, filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board.

The time limit is not the first disagreement between the company and its workers. WaterSaver installed swipe card systems on bathrooms to monitor employee use.

The company says it was forced to monitor restroom breaks because employees were abusing the privilege by spending too much time in the washroom and not enough time on the manufacturing line.

According to CNN Money, WaterSaver CEO Steve Kersten said 120 hours of production were lost in May because of bathroom visits outside of allotted break times.

He said no one has been suspended or fired, although warnings were issued.

The union says monitoring restroom time is an invasion of privacy.

"The company has spreadsheets on every union employee on how long they were in the bathroom," CNN Money quotes Nick Kreitman, the union representative at WaterSavers, as saying. "There have been meetings with workers and human resources where the workers had to explain what they were doing in the bathroom."

It's unreasonable given the human body can't always perform on cue, Kreitman said. Also, he said, the company's 140 workers don't have paid sick days.

CEO Kersten said he thinks workers might be using cellphones on these restroom breaks.

Source: CNN Money

 
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