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Seven day work week bill could get committee vote soon

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A committee vote might come within two weeks on a controversial bill to let Wisconsin retail and factory employees work seven days a week if they choose.

A public hearing on the measure was held Thursday on the measure, which would drop the mandatory requirement that stores and factories give all workers at least 24 hours off each week.

Senate Republican Glenn Grothman of West Bend said it would have to be voluntary on the workers' part -- and it would give them extra money while boosting production for their companies.

Senate Democrat Fred Risser of Madison said it looks nice on paper -- but in the real world, it would let employers intimidate their people into working longer.

Unions pointed out that employers can already get state waivers so their people can work seven days if they want. The state received almost 170 such waiver requests last year -- and they were all approved.

Grothman chairs the Senate's labor committee, which held Thursday's hearing -- and he promises to have his panel vote on the bill next month.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has not said if his house would take it up. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he'll wait for the committee vote, and then discuss it with his fellow Republicans before any possible action.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)