In the 1999 cult film Office Space, boss Bill Lumbergh turned to an employee late one Friday and spoke.
“Ummm, I’m gonna need you to go ahead and come in tomorrow. So if you could be here around nine that would be great, mmmkay... oh oh! and I almost forgot, ahh, I’m also gonna need you to go ahead and come in on Sunday too, ‘kay?”
It may not ring true to most workers in Wisconsin, where current law requires many hourly employees to take at least one day off each week — known as “one day of rest in seven.”
But under a proposal from Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, factory and mercantile employees would be allowed to voluntarily work seven days a week.
Grothman said many salaried employees work seven days a week, and some hourly workers work seven days a week doing multiple jobs.
“A lot of people like to work seven days a week because that’s how you can get your overtime and really up your wages,” Grothman said.
Scot Ross, the rarely subtle executive director of the liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now, called the proposal an attack on working people.
“Scott Walker’s legislative confederate, who wants to eliminate the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday and voted to water down child labor laws, now has ending the weekend in his legislative crosshairs,” Ross said. “To do the bidding of their corporate donors, is restoration of indentured servitude coming next from the Walker Republicans?”
Whether the change would lead to any employees getting Lumberghed late on a Friday afternoon, Grothman emphasized the bill makes the provision voluntary.
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U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, announced Friday that he is holding a news conference Monday in Washington, D.C. about a lawsuit he is filing against “Obamacare.”
In it, he will argue against special treatment for members of Congress and their staff members.
Johnson said he will be joined by lawyers Paul Clement, partner at Bancroft PLLC and former U.S. Solicitor General, and Rick Esenberg, founder and current president and general counsel of the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty.
Johnson is expected to file his lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, against the Office of Personnel Management.
(For those unable to make it to D.C., we’re told the news conference will be on the senator’s YouTube channel.)
What does the fox say? Brrr.
We’ve been hearing about fox sightings all around town, from the UW-Madison campus to people’s backyards. But we were still surprised to see a flurry of photographs from Friday morning of two gorgeous foxes frolicking on the state Capitol grounds and perched on windowsills of the historic building.
We at OTC couldn’t help but wonder: Did they want to talk to state Rep. Joel Kleefisch, R-Oconomowoc, about some of his pro-hunting bills? Lobby against the viral “What Does The Fox Say?” video? Seek out a Solidarity Singalong?
We may never know.
“We did hear about two yearling foxes on the Capitol grounds, but they left on their own,” said Stephanie Marquis, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Administration.