In his latest escapade of Grothmann has joined forces with State Representative Mark Born to announce that they don't think you need a day off of work and plan to outlaw weekends:
Wisconsin manufacturing and retail workers could volunteer to work seven days straight without a day off under a bill two Republican lawmakers are circulating on behalf of the state’s largest business group.Ah, but it gets even better as their rationale for such a heinous bill falls apart and it becomes obvious that their only reason is that it is what their corporate masters wish:
The bill promises to ratchet up tensions between the GOP and Democrats and their organized labor allies, who are still stinging after Republicans passed Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to strip most public workers of nearly all their union rights in 2011.
The measure’s authors, Sen. Glenn Grothman of West Bend and Rep. Mark Born of Beaver Dam, say the bill brings Wisconsin in line with federal law, gives workers a way to make extra money and employers a way to boost production. But Democrats and labor leaders insisted bosses would use the bill to force their employees to work longer and effectively erase the weekend.
“Even God said rest on the seventh day,” said David Reardon, secretary-treasurer for Teamsters Local 662, a union that represents about 10,000 workers across various industries in west-central and east-central Wisconsin, including manufacturing, transportation, government and food service.
“I would hate to see that Republican bill pass. Some employers would really take advantage of that,” Reardon said.
Current Wisconsin law requires employers who own or operate factories or stores to give workers at least 24 consecutive hours off every seven days.
Under Grothman and Born’s proposal, workers could volunteer to work seven straight days without a rest day.
In an email to lawmakers seeking support for the bill, Born and Grothman said they had heard from businesses with employees who want to work the additional time. But when asked for names, Born said the only people he met with to discuss the bill were from WMC.Now, if they were really interested in allowing the employees to earn more money, they would jump on board with the Democrats' proposal to raise the minimum wage in the state (although what they are proposing still isn't high enough, it's a start). Imagine, being able to make more money and still get to spend time with your family - what an unique concept!
“We should have worded that differently,” Born said. Grothman said he has talked to a business but declined to name it.
WMC spokesman Jim Pugh didn’t return messages.
Born said the bill gives workers a chance to make some extra dollars and their bosses a means to increase production.
“Here’s an opportunity for folks to work together to get things done in a positive way for the employer and the employee,” Born said. “It just seems like a win all the way around.”
But opponents warned the only choice employees will have is work the extra hours or lose their jobs. The measure also would give workers who can work the extra day an advantage over workers who want to spend a day with their family, they said.
And if the employers want to increase productivity, they could do it the old fashioned way - by hiring more workers. Yes, I do realize that would mean actual job creation instead of the lip service version that the Teapublicans are spewing now.
It is rather telling that such simple solutions to the problems facing the state is still beyond the grasp of these corporate puppets.
Of course, like most of these stories goes, the money quote comes at the end of the article:
Grothman dismissed their concerns, saying he’s never heard of any business where pressuring employees to work extra hours has been a problem. He, too, insisted the bill would help workers make extra cash.It's rather mind-boggling in its hypocrisy, isn't it?
“It’s ridiculous when people want to work extra hours why Democrats would stand in the way of that,” he said. “I don’t know why some people want some people to remain poor.”
It's not surprising though, that Grothman hasn't heard of any businesses trying to screw their workers. Heck, he hasn't even heard of any African Americans that celebrate Kwanzaa either.
Related: Glenn Grothman hates that you get Martin Luther King Day off too.