Tracking bathroom breaks at the office: Could it be for production purposes? One Chicago company says they do it so factory workers don’t spend excessive amounts of time in the loo.
WaterSaver Faucet Co. Claims the bathroom terms were hammered out with union members in April and 19 people have been reprimanded so far. Verbal warnings come first, WGN is told, then written warnings. Termination is the final step for bathroom violations.
All this is coming to light during union negotiations for the 80 factory workers who help manufacture faucets in Chicago.
Employees have already agreed, according to the company president, to 60 minutes of bathroom break time over a 2 week period. That averages out to 6 minutes a day. Management monitors staff by having them swipe a key card each time they enter a restroom on site. Workers, who make $13/hour, can be disciplined and also have incentives not to use the bathrooms. Anyone who does not go to the bathroom can receive an extra dollar a day.
One worker tells WGN he is afraid to go the bathroom at work.
The company president, Steven Kersten, says the agreement was put into place so no one uses the bathroom “as a place to hang out, text, and Facebook rather than work.”