NEW INFORMATION: Wis. Dem: Work week bill will lead to intimidation

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Democrat on the state Senate's labor committee says a Republican bill that would allow factory and retail employees to volunteer to work seven straight days will lead to bosses scaring workers into giving up their weekends.

The bill's main author, Sen. Glenn Grothman, developed the measure with help from Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, the state's largest business group. Grothman and Born say the proposal would bring Wisconsin in line with federal law, give workers a way to make more money and boost production.

The labor committee held a hearing on the measure Thursday. Sen. Fred Risser, a Madison Democrat on the committee, said the bill is bound to lead to employers intimidating workers into taking extra hours.

Grothman says he's never heard anyone complain about forced overtime.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Senate's labor committee will take public comments this week on a Republican bill that would allow factory and retail employees to volunteer to work seven straight days without a day off.

The bill's authors, Sen. Glenn Grothman and Mark Born, say the proposal would bring Wisconsin in line with federal law, give workers a way to make more money and help employers boost production. Opponents counter employers will use the bill to pressure employees to work longer and erase their weekends.

The Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee has scheduled a public hearing on the bill for Thursday in the state Capitol. Grothman is the committee's chairman.


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