Skip to comments.Company limits bathroom breaks to 6 minutes a day [and gives bonuses to workers who never use it]
Posted on 07/16/2014 8:53:33 AM PDT by grundle
Spend more than 6 minutes a day in the bathroom at Chicago's WaterSaver Faucet company and you'll face disciplinary measures.
That's what a union contends the manufacturer is pulling: timing bathroom breaks and warning employees when they can't beat the clock.
The union, Teamsters local 743, filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board claiming WaterSaver unfairly disciplined 19 workers in June for "excessive use" of washrooms.
The company's human resources department described "excessive use of the bathroom as... 60 minutes or more over the last 10 working days," according to the affidavit. Do the math and it works out to 6 minutes a day.
The controversy goes back to last winter when WaterSaver installed swipe card systems on bathrooms located off the factory floor.
WaterSaver has adopted a rewards system where workers can earn a gift card of up to $20 each month ($1 a day) if they don't use the bathroom at all during work time.
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I normally class unions below even the Obamadork in idiocy and corruption, but this time, go union, go.
This is a form of age discrimination!
In unrelated news, they're introducing chili and burritos in their company lunchroom.
I would just bring a roll of toilet paper with me and use it to full advantage on the supervisors desk when the need arose...: )
They should get with the program and issue Depends to employees - I use ‘em and don’t have to leave my desk all day....
They get breaks already by law. Go then. Geez
That is crazy! What if you are sick? Or maybe have an illness that sometimes flares up causing more bathroom time? My husband has Crohn’s disease and 6 minutes would not do for him on several days.
Heck by the time you unzip your pants, pee, wash and dry your hands, it’s been probably 90 sec. Just to pee!
I’m with the union here & more power to them for sticking up for these employees.
Bow to your corporate overlords!
But, that is the only time i get to be AWAY from the stress of the job!
I take a diuretic. Will Obama write an Executive Order giving me dispensation?
According to the article, the company is allowing up to six minutes bathroom time outside of breaktimes.
Misleading headline as usual for the media.
They’re teamsters. Can’t their truck driving union counterparts show them the big mouth 7-Up bottle trick? ;-)
I worked in a Retail Place that had a problem like this, but it was pre-cell phone. I was on a crew of three stocking shelves; we were pretty autonomous. One guy on the shift would clock in at 6am, then grab a newspaper and camp out in the bathroom for half an hour or 45 min while the other two of us worked.
Other guy and I complained a bunch to managment. Finally, the manager held the guy's time card, made him pick it up in order to punch in and out. Just the fact that someone was paying attention (much like the company in this story) cleared the problem up, pretty quickly.
Block cellphone activity (through shielding) and you’d cut down on “slack time” in bathrooms.
PS never buy a used cellphone.
The owners are a caricature of bad management. These people are the reasons Unions are formed. Stupid.
Good management makes Unions unnecessarily. If ownership insists on an adversarial relationship then they get what they ask for.
If true the company has nobody to blame but itself for its labour troubles. I’ll hold off on further comment until all the facts are in; I suspect there’s more to the story; bear in mind that these are allegations that have not been tested in a hearing.
This rule discriminates against homosexuals!
Maybe Water Saver is trying to save water.
Actually, this is really stupid. If they want to limit bathroom breaks, I guess they have the right; but 6 minutes a day is absurd.
And bad for woman too since we need more time.
One place I worked years ago had magazine racks in the stalls - a man could get some reading done.
Oh yeah! I’ve worked with those tiny bladders. It’s all BS in the bathroom texting their boyfriends or whatever...Hell, I’ve found a co-worker who was to be in a meeting who said he needed the bathroom. A half hour later when he was supposed to deliver a presentation of what we had accomplished for the quarter, I found him sleeping in the stall with his pants still up. He didn’t last long after waking up. Bathroom breaks are just a way to screw around (unless when you wash your hands you sing ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star three times to be sure you are adequately cleaned).
I found ripping a loud one while someone is on the phone in the bathroom, tends to make them stop calling there.
One guy on the shift would clock in at 6am, then grab a newspaper and camp out in the bathroom for half an hour or 45 min while the other two of us worked.....There is a place right here in my town (a foundry) where a large percentage of the workers get to work to get to the toilet in the AM. They punch in, go to the shiiiter and sit there. When asked why they didn’t go at home before punching in, they said “I don’t want to use MY water!”
Why does this quote from World Cup soccer come to mind...?
“I thought I had slipped, I thought I wouldn’t make it, but I tore my anus on that move, the pain ... it was terrible.”
How about toilet seats with a pressure sensitive switch? After six minutes a mild electric shock is administered. 2 minutes later, a stronger shock is delivered and on up from there.
Seriously though, I have wondered about some of my coworkers taking mini-vacations in the stalls.
As usual, there is a lot more than the superficial story line here. Reading the article, the one hour per week average potty time for the problem employees is above and beyond break times, etcetera. This time is paid time that the employees are supposed to be on the floor producing money for the company. That is, after all, why they have the afore-mentioned job.
If health situations prevent following the company policy on bathroom use, maybe that’s the wrong job for that employee.
I did this in one day all the time. One of the several medically related reasons (IBS) I couldn't continue working.
What law gives them that?
Oregon’s minimum break rules are defined by law. Two ten minute breaks and at least a 20 minute lunch.
Having dealt with Teamsters in the past, I can say with some certainty that a minority of them probably abused their bathroom privileges at this place, and the company had to develop a restrictive rule that applies to everyone because the abusers can’t be fired.
In fact, my company has even erected little plexiglas bus stop type structures so the smokers can indulge during inclement weather.
It seems like very odd behavior from a Fortune 100 company that also spends lots of dough to make sure employees eat right and exercise to lower health care costs. Makes me shake my head.
Oh, and don't drink that. It's not lemonade...
Once had a woman in the stall next to me, loudly yakking away on her phone, actually say, "hang on just a second, I need to switch hands, so I can wipe." That's when you know you've heard EVERYTHING! Serious TMI!!
I repeat, DON'T BUY A USED CELLPHONE!
Coincidentally, it was a shipyard in the Portland area, can’t remember the name since it was 35 years ago. Two week assignment from the naval architect firm in Seattle that was my employer.
"Got to take care of mah biologicals."
If they want to limit bathroom breaks, I guess they have the right; but 6 minutes a day is absurd.
...not if it’s in addition to the scheduled breaks...
This is the new desk chairs. The double holes for the conference room.
“I’ll bet the union already has 10 minute breaks every two hours. According to the article, the company is allowing up to six minutes bathroom time outside of breaktimes.”
There ya go. That is the truth of this matter. The company is protesting additional, unsanctioned, breaks, and the unions wants to make it sound like the employees get no breaks at all.
That’s a crappy way to treat employees.
Does the six minutes include travel time from work station to bathroom and back?