After decades of fighting, unions lead the charge to enact fair labor standards and the eventual creation of, what many commonly refer to as, “the weekend.” For those unfamiliar, America's workers love our weekends. We use that time to relax from an exhausting workweek, mow the lawn, do the laundry, binge-watch Netflix and cook up some barbecue—among other national pastimes.
Now, enter Scott Walker, current governor of Wisconsin, soon-to-be newly minted presidential candidate (as of 6 p.m. ET tonight) and aspiring buzz kill. Scott Walker is trying to take it all away. He actually wants to take away your weekend.
56. One Day of Rest in Seven. Include the provisions of 2015 A.B. 118 to permit an employee to state in writing that he or she voluntarily chooses to work without one day of rest in seven. Specify the provision first apply to union contracts on the day the collective bargaining agreement expires, or is extended, modified, or renewed, whichever comes first. [Currently every factory or mercantile employer must allow each employee 24 hours of rest in every consecutive seven days, except for certain emergency circumstances. The requirement does not apply to janitors, security staff, bakeries, restaurants, hotels and certain dairy or agricultural plants.]
Besides the obvious economic benefits of the weekend, like having the opportunity to visit your in-laws and to clean out the basement, the “weekend” as a concept has given rise to cultural icons and time-honored traditions. For example, without the weekend, we wouldn’t have this:
or our adapted version:
For decades, the weekend has been a sacrosanct time for workers to recover and enjoy life. Kudos to Scott Walker for challenging that status quo. Our country needs reform-minded candidates willing to take the unpopular position, even in cases when it’s also the wrong opinion. The AFL-CIO can rest assured knowing that Scott Walker is carrying this banner.
So, if Scott Walker becomes president of the United States, you can look forward to this, six or seven days a week:
You also can look forward to one day sitting down—after work, of course—and telling your grandchilden that year's ago when the world was a better, fairer, funnier place, we had something called “weekends.” It was brought to you by unions and made better by the jokesters and entertainers above.