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Should You Have To Rest On The Seventh Day?

Should You Have To Rest On The Seventh Day?

By Jeff Wagner. CREATED Jan 12, 2014

When I worked for the United States Attorney's Office, there were occasions when I was involved in very complex, multiple defendant trials that lasted for weeks. In the run up to the trials - and during the trials themselves - it was not uncommon for me to work seven days a week.  I simply had to put in the time to get done all that needed to be done.

By the way, several of my colleagues also put in the same type of hours when the need arose. 

Current Wisconsin law says employers who own or operate factories or retail stores must give their workers at least 24 consecutive hours off every seven days.  A new GOP sponsored bill would allow workers to volunteer to work seven (or more) straight days.

My guess is that a lot of workers currently work two or more jobs and, as a result, often work seven or more days in a row.  As a result, I don't see why this legislation is controversial.  If anything, it might actually help workers who are looking for a chance to make some extra money.

In any event, the Teamsters are opposing the measure arguing that "even God said rest on the seventh day."

We'll discuss the issue during the 2 p.m. hour of Monday's radio show.  Please feel free to share your thoughts in the Comments section - and then be sure to check back ater to hear a replay of the conversation. 

Jeff Wagner

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Jeff Wagner recently completed his 15th year as a talk show host at 620 WTMJ. Jeff's show, which airs Monday through Friday from noon to 3 p.m., features stories which you might not have heard about elsewhere and emphasizes Jeff's common sense approach to issues.