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Bill would eliminate required off-day for Wisconsin retail, factory workers

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin's retail and factory workers would no longer be required to get a day off each week, under a bill proposed by Republicans in both houses.  

West Bend Senator Glenn Grothman and Beaver Dam Republican Mark Born are seeking co-sponsors for the measure. They said the state's largest business group first suggested the change, after noticing that federal law does not require what the state mandates -- at least 24 hours off for each seven-day week.  

The bill's authors say it would let employees volunteer for a seventh day each week, so they could make a little extra money and their companies can boost production.

Democrats and labor leaders say bosses would pressure their workers into volunteering -- and the employees might have to go along or get fired. Grothman says he's never heard of that happening, and he wonders why Democrats want to hold back employees who want extra money.

Racine Assembly Democrat Cory Mason says the required day off is a legal protection that exists for a reason. Mason calls the GOP measure a "slap in the face to ordinary working folks," saying they've fought long and hard for 40-hour work weeks and weekends off.

Republican legislative leaders and Governor Scott Walker's office have not said whether they back the measure.  

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)