First, you co-workers/fellow Union members negotiated it into your current contract and you earned it. To not take your paid Union breaks is against the spirit of any Labor Agreement. Recently, a heard working Union member wrapping meat in a store said to us, "My work place is always so busy that I just don't have time to take my two-15 minute sit down breaks for my 8 hour shift." Our response was, "Why would you give the Employer thousands of dollars of your hard earned money?" Our fellow member said, "What to you mean?" Our response, "You're making $16.41 per hour to wrap and stock in the meat shop. If you give up a half hour of your pay every day because you work through your break, that's what it amounts to. 2.5 hours per week X $16.41/hr = $41.03 per week X 52 weeks in a year = $2,133.56." That member hasn't worked through one break since that day, and neither should you. You deserve a break today and everyday for your hard work.
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