CHICAGO (CBS) — Employees of a River West faucet-making company staged a protest before work on Wednesday, saying they’ve been disciplined over the length of their bathroom breaks.
Teamsters union members who work at the WaterSaver Faucet Co., at 701 W. Eire St., said they have filed an unfair labor practices complaint with the National Labor Relations Board, alleging the company has begun writing up employees for spending too much time in the bathroom during work hours.
“This year, they installed a washroom monitoring system that basically keeps track of every minute you’re in the bathroom,” said Teamsters Local 743 business agent Nick Kreitman. “Earlier this year, they implemented a disciplinary system with it, where you had a certain amount of time within a two-week period to be in the bathroom. If you exceeded it by one minute, you got written up.”